Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 8.30pm/
After 5 months of waiting for the inauguration of the cabinet that will work with President Muhammadu Buhari, we now know the Ministers and their various portfolios.
The swearing in ceremony which took place at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja marked a significant step in setting the policy direction for the Buhari administration.
It is very clear from the assignment of portfolios that the President is a man full of surprises, and this was once again demonstrated in the appointments.
Considering the fact that Nigeria has 6 Geo-political zones namely; South-South, South-East, South-West, North-East, North-West and North-Central, here is an analysis on the distribution of portfolios.
The oil-rich region has 3 senior ministers and 3 ministers of state with strategic and vital portfolios that will be pivotal and instrumental to the sustainable growth and development of Nigeria, here is the breakdown;
Senator Udoma Udo Udoma(Akwa Ibom): Budget & National Planning
Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi(Rivers): Transportation
Pastor Usani Uguru (Cross River): Niger-Delta Affairs
Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu(Delta): State, Petroleum
Sen Heineken Lokpobiri(Bayelsa): State, Agriculture
Dr Osagie Ehanire(Edo): State, Health
The enterprising region has 5 states and interestingly has 4 senior ministers and 1 minister of state in critical portfolios, these include;
Mr Geoffrey Onyema(Enugu): Foreign Affairs
Dr Okwechukwu Enelamah(Abia): Industries,Trade & Investment
Sen(Dr) Chris Ngige (Anambra): Labour & Employment
Dr Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi): Science & Technology
Prof Anthony Onwuka (Imo): State, Education
The notable region known for its advancement for its advancement in knowledge, industrialization and economic development has 5 senior ministers and 1 minister of state in powerful portfolios that will definitely shape the direction of the “Buhari government”.
Mrs Kemi Adeosun(Ogun): Finance
Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos):Power, Works & Housng
Prof Isaac Adewole (Osun): Health
Dr Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti): Solid Minerals
Mr Adebayo Shittu (Oyo): Communications
Prof Claudius Daramola (Ondo): State, Niger-Delta Affairs
Ravaged by insurgency, but on the path to rebuilding/reconstruction this region’s representation in the cabinet of change is fair and a reflection of a government poised to balance appointments. It has 4 senior ministers and 2 ministers of state.
Alh Muhammadu Bello (Adamawa): FCT
Malam Adamu Adamu (Bauchi): Education
Mrs Amina Mohammed (Gombe): Environment
Sen Aisha Al-Hassan (Taraba): Women Affairs
Hon Khadija Bukar Abba-Ibrahim (Yobe): State, Foreign Affairs
Hon Mustapha Shehuri (Borno):State, Power,Works & Housing
A key zone in the country, which can also be described as a power hotspot in the country has an array of dynamic ministers in the cabinet, assigned to sensitive ministries. From the analysis we have 3 senior ministers and 3 ministers of state.
Alh Lai Mohammed (Kwara): Information & Culture
Chief Audu Ogbeh (Benue): Agriculture
Mr Solomon Dalong (Plateau): Youth & Sports
Mr James Ocholi (Kogi): State, Labour & Employment
Alh Ibrahim Usman Jibril (Nassarawa): State, Environment
Hon Abubakar Bwari (Niger): State, Solid Minerals
For this region another vital one in the country, there ministers have both strategic/sensitive portfolios. We have 4 senior ministers and 3 ministers of state.
Lt-Gen Ibrahim Danbazzau(Rtd) (Kano):Interior
Brig-Gen Dan Alli(Rtd)(Zamfara):Defence
Mr Abubakar Malami (Kebbi):Justice
Engr Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa): Water Resources
Sen Hadi Sirika (Katsina):State, Transport(Aviation)
Mrs Zainab Ahmed Usman (Kaduna): State,Budget & National Planning
Ms Aisha Abubakar(Sokoto): State, Industries, Trade & Investments
It is therefore clear that President Buhari in his wide consultation before assigning portfolios, was conscious of ensuring that there is a balance across the geo-political zones.