In a decisive move, President Bola Tinubu directed the 45 newly appointed ministers to initiate their responsibilities without delay during their inauguration ceremony at the Banquet Hall of the State House in Abuja on Monday.
The President, after the inauguration of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), declared: “Your assignment begins immediately, and you must work to make yourself worthy of God and the people to make Nigerians believe that the right hands are chosen. I believe you and the government can be a progressive way to gain public confidence and trust.”
President Tinubu further stated: “Nigerians expect you to hit the ground running just as we had promised them during our campaigns. With your inauguration today, you have become ministers of the Federal Republic, not ministers of a particular state or region.
“Nigerians expect a lot, and they deservedly want to see changes in their lives. You are now in the same boat with me, and they expect that their lives would take a new and better turn.
“The challenges we face today are daunting, but we have the opportunity to implement long-due reforms that would bring about peace, safety and prosperity for our people as contained in our renewed hope agenda.
“We are about to accelerate our governing efforts, move forward and realise our aspirations for Nigerians. Tremendous responsibilities follow this appointment, and all of you are expected to contribute your quota to deliver accountable, efficiently and effective service to Nigerians.
“Your assignment begins immediately, and you must work to make yourself worthy of God and the people to make Nigerians believe that the right hands are chosen. I believe in you, and government can be a progressive way to gain public confidence and trust.”
The ministers that were administered the oath of office on Monday include: former Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT); Wale Edun, Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy; Adegboyega Oyetola, Marine and Blue Economy; David Umahi, Works; Festus Keyamo, Aviation and Aerospace Development; and Betta Edu, Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation; Bosun Tijani, Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy; Ishak Salaco, State, Environment and Ecological Management; Wale Edun, Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy; Adegboyega Oyetola, Marine and Blue Economy; Adedayo Adelabu, Minister of Power; Tunisia Alausa, State, Health and Social Welfare; Dele Alake, Solid Minerals Development; Lola Ade-John, Minister of Tourism; Sa’idu Alkali, Transportation; and Bunmi Tunji-Ojo, Interior.
others include: Doris Uzoka-Anite, Industry, Trade and Investment; Uche Nnaji, Innovation Science and Technology; Nkiruka Onyejeocha, State, Labour and Employment; Uju Kennedy, Women Affairs; David Umahi, Works; Abubakar Momoh, Niger Delta Development; Betta Edu, Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation; Ekperikpe Ekpo, State, Petroleum Resources — Gas; and Heineken Lokpobiri, State, Petroleum Resources — Oil; John Enoh, Sports Development; Hannatu Musawa, Art, Culture and the Creative Economy; Mohammed Badaru, Defence; Bello Matawalle, State Defence; Yusuf T. Sunumu, State Education; Ahmed M. Dangiwa, Housing and Urban Development; Abdullah T. Gwarzo, State, Housing and Urban Development; and Atiku Bagudu, Budget and Economic Planning; Mairiga Mahmud, State, Federal Capital Territory; Bello M. Goronyo, State, Water Resources and Sanitation; Abubakar Kyar, Agriculture and Food Security; Tahir Maman, Education; Yusuf M. Tuggar, Foreign Affairs; Ali Pate, Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare; Ibrahim Geidam, Police Affairs; U. Maigari Ahmadu, State, Steel Development; Shuaibu A. Audu, Steel Development; Muhammed Idris,Information and National Orientation; Lateef Fagbemi, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice; Simon B. Lalong, Labour and Employment; Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, State, Police Affairs; Zephaniah Jisalo, Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs; Joseph Utsev, Water Resources and Sanitation; and Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, State, Agriculture and Food Security.