Buhari Cabinet Inauguration: Breaking down according to Geo-Political zones

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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.

South-South

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

South-East
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

 

South-West

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

 

North-East

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

 

North-Central

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

 

North-West

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.

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