A list of would-be cabinet Ministers has been sent by the Acting President to the Senate for approval.
Acting President Goodluck Jonathan had been rumoured to be compiling a new list to replace disloyal Yar’Adua Ministers live up to expectations yesterday even though the list has been met with low zeal of approval by the general public.
The list of the first batch of the cabinet members includes names of 7 former ministers, a new economic czar, Olusegun Aganga, a managing director at Goldman Sachs in London and 16 others.
Some of the former ministers whose names were included are Godsday Orubebe, Adetokunbo Kayode, Odein Ajumogobia, Mrs. Deziani Allison- Madueke, Fidelia Njeze, Architect Nuhu Somo Wya and Sen. Akinlabi Olasunkanmi, some of the new names includes former student activist and deputy governor of Nassarawa State, Labaran Maku, Prof. M. K Abubakar (Kaduna) and others
List of ministers:
Mrs. Diezani Allison Madueke
Nuhu Somo Wya
Sen. Akinlabi Olasunkanmi
Prof. M.K. Abubakar
Navy Captain N.S. Olubolade
Eng. Chris Ogienwonyi
Alhaji Murtala Yar‘Adua
Hon. Nduese Essien
Alhaji Umaru Aliyu
Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed
Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga
Senator Bala Mohammed
Adamu Maina Waziri
Senator Sanusi Daggash
Bello Adoke (SAN)
Mrs. Josephine Tapgun
Jonathan had been widely reported as having sent some list of new nominees to the Senate last week with the list rumoured to comprise only ministers being retained from the old cabinet sacked last week.
It is aimed at preventing the complete paralysis of government in one of Africa’s top oil producers while security clearance of the newcomers gets underway.
On Tuesday before the lists weresent , the Vice President consulted with many of the country’s influential groups including 36 state governors, following up on talks from the previous day.
He also met with a former military ruler and mediator in crises in several west African countries, Abdulsalami Abubakar, on Monday.
Abdulsalami is seen as well respected in the military and comes from the mainly Muslim north, while Jonathan is a Christian from the south.
“We cannot be waiting forever,” Ikedi Ohakim, governor of Imo State, told reporters after meeting Jonathan.
A source close to the presidency said Jonathan expected to have met some of his top advisors Monday night and that the new cabinet line up must be out in the next two days.
“It’s likely to be ready within the next 48 hours,” the source told AFP.
Western and African diplomats in Abuja however suggest the government appointment might take longer than is thought.
“Our expectations are that a full cabinet should be ready by mid-month (April),” said one diplomat.
Another said the entire exercise should last roughly three weeks from the dissolution.
“It looks like the cabinet will be announced in two batches,” said another, adding the first 22 would likely be drawn from the old government, but nailing down the remaining 20 could be a “bit of a mess and a long political process”.
Others say Jonathan is also working against the clock with just under a year to next elections.
A team of advisors he appointed early this month urged him to move quickly to assert his authority.
“Now that you have been invested with the authority the nation expects you to proceed quickly to effect the needed transformation,” chief advisor Theophilus Danjuma told Jigeria Crest
Jonathan is seeking a pro-reform government for the west African giant, where much of the 150 million population lives in poverty without basics such as water and electricity despite its oil wealth.