MINISTERIAL NOMINEES GET PORTFOLIOS
President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday inaugurated the eight new ministers recently confirmed by the Senate before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting.
The President further assigned portfolios to them as follows: Senator Patricia Akwashiki (Information); Prof. Nicholas Ada (State, Foreign Affairs I); Senator Musiliu Obanikoro (State, Foreign Affairs II); Col. Augustine Akobundu (retd.) (State, Defence); Mr. Fidelis Nwankwo (State, Health); Mrs. Hauwa Bappa (State, Niger Delta Affairs); Mr. Kenneth Kobani (State, Industry, Trade and Investment); and Senator Joel Ikenya (Labour and Productivity).
The President named the Minister of State, Health, Khaliru Alhassan, as the Minister of Health.
Khaliru Alhassan has been acting as Supervising Minister of Health since Prof. Onyebuchi Ckukwu resigned in 2014.
Also inaugurated were the former commissioner for the Federal Civil Service Commission, representing Plateau, Benue and Nassarawa States, Dr. Jonah Madugu; and a commissioner for National Population Commission, Mrs. Abimbola Salu-Hundeyi, from Lagos State.
Jonathan urged the new ministers to be ready to work hard to justify their appointment which is coming during his administration’s “injury time.”