Acting President Goodluck Jonathan pulled a major surprise yesterday in the ministerial nominee list he sent to the Senate for confirmation.
He retained only seven ministers from the old 42-man cabinet and nominated 18 new ones ? a week after dissolving the Executive Council of the Federation (EXCOF).A notable newcomer on the list is Mr. Olusegun Aganga, a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs International, who is expected to man the finance portfolio.
Another notable inlcusion is Alhaji Mutallab Yar'Adua, son of late General Shehu Musa Yar'Adua, elder brother to President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua.
The list was submitted to Senate President David Mark about 3.45 p.m. by the Special Assistant to the President (in charge of Senate), Dr. Cairo Ojougboh. The first batch of nominees will be screened on Thursday in the Committee of the Whole.
Members of the dissolved cabinet who made the list are former Minister of Labour and Productivity and until the dissolution, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode; former Minister of State (Niger Delta), Mr. Godsday Orubebe; and former Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Mrs. Dieziani Allison-Madueke.Others are former Minister of State (Agriculture), Mrs. Fidelia Njeze; former Minister of State (Power), Mr. Somo Nuhu Wya; former Minister of Youths Development, Mr. Akinlabi Olasunkanmi and former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia (SAN).THISDAY was informed last night that any old minister whose name was not on the first list may not stand a chance of coming back.
There are petitions and protests against some of the old ministers, some of whom are being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).Also, there are disputes in some states on the renomination of old ministers. In Niger, for instance, Governor Babangida Aliyu is keen on the return of Mohammed Ndanusa, the former Sports Minister, while General Ibrahim Babangida prefers Hon. Bawa Bwari, former Chief Whip of the House of Representatives.
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