Nigeria is currently facing a lot of challenges. This explains the present anxiety among citizens about the performance direction of the present administration. Nigerians are indeed full of expectations about what the administration has to offer in view of the enormous challenges confronting the nation.
There are economic and security issues. And what everyone wants is a practical solution. One thing that is clear is that Nigerians do not doubt the ability of President Goodluck Jonathan to fix this country once and for all.
This was what informed the choice of many , particularly the youths in the last presidential election.
What this implies is that the administration has to perform. Over the years, Nigerians have suffered bad leadership with economic promises that never saw the light of the day.
Trillions of Naira were budgeted for projects that if executed could change lives. But in most cases, it was all failure or haphazard delivery. The reasons for failure cannot be far fetched. Most of the nation’s leaders have been enmeshed in corruption that what goes into private pockets has been the attraction to public office other than genuine commitment to development.
That is why many who have tested public office have suddenly become super rich as a result of corruption. This is at a time when the citizens are walloping in abject poverty.
What could be so worrisome is that anti-corruption war of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission of the government appears to be nothing much to write home about. And this is because the picture being painted is that of political trial with the issue of plea-bargain arrangement in which offenders simply agree to their crime unofficially and are allowed to refund part of their loot and go free.
This has rubbished the essence of the war as many will continue to loot the economy at will. The result is that in many parts of the country, there is infrastructural decay that has made life miserable for many Nigerians, especially the lower class.
In many places, federal roads are death traps, yet billions of Naira are budgeted every year for road projects. The chaotic traffic congestion on Oshodi/Apapa Expressway is a clear example. It takes between 3-4 hours for workers coming from Mile 2 area of Lagos to arrive Apapa. For workers who are expected to spend 8-10 hours in the office, they end up spending most of the working hours on the road.
This is for a journey that should not take more than 10 minutes if there is no hold up. Because of this scenrio, some transporters returning empty containers to the Seaport spend days on the road to be able to deliver.
There are other places like Apapa-Oshodi road.
Every year, one notices the presence of road contractors, but the problem has remained. Ore -Benin road is also a nightmare for travelers. This is equally the same for Onitsha –Enugu road. It takes passengers traveling from Lagos to the East at least 14-16 hours to arrive their destinations in what should not have been more than 7 hours. There are other places like that in other parts of the country.
Nigeria as major oil producer has over a decade been importing refined petroleum products, because the refineries have hardly worked. Efforts made by successive governments to fix the refineries failed. As a crude oil producer, indications are that what is stolen by the mafia in the industry is close or more than what is sold on daily basis. Records have it that Nigeria currently loses about 600,000 barrels of crude oil daily. This amounts to $14.5bn, and estimated as more than 10 per cent of Nigeria’s annual GDP. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had in 2009 disclosed that Nigeria lost about 1.7million barrels of crude oil in two months. And between 2005 and 2008, 236 vessels were reported to have been arrested for illegal bunkering.Till date, illegal bunkering has remained, and so the nation continues to lose so much revenue to few individuals, some foreigners, in what can best be described as economic tragedy that Nigerians are going through. Nigerians are definitely expecting that the present administration will address all these problems. This was among the reasons for voting in Jonathan. Already, some hold the view that Nigeria is a failed state based on these problems. Those who hold this view seem to be saying the obvious, considering the wealth of the nation all these decades, yet nothing much to show for it in terms of infrastructure. President Goodluck Jonathan has already debunked this view. But it is not enough. Nigerians expect to be proved wrong, and this means that the President and his team have to work hard to fix the country.
Nigerians are equally expectant that the issue of epileptic power will be addressed once and for all. Addressing the power issue holds a lot of keys to job openings, and will definitely make the economy buoyant. Many businesses have collapsed as a result of poor power supply, and the huge cost involved in using private power generation. Right now, Nigeria generates about 3,000 mw, in what has become almost nothing compared with the electricity needs of Nigerians. Expectations are that in the next four years of this administration, the country should be able to generate at least 20,000mw of electricity. This will promote economic growth and lighten the country. This is part of the challenges of this administration.
There are other issues, like decades of flawed elections. The recent general election has been described as a step in the right direction. Expectations are that it will even be better in 2015.
Perhaps, what is more worrisome now is the current security crisis in some parts of the North. The crises and killings in the North after each election are condemnable and a big threat to the unity of this country.
Similarly, the Boko Haram phenomenon has become a major issue that is threatening peace in the country. It is expected that this will be addressed with all the wisdom of government. Nothing less is expected considering the resultant effect of failure of government to end these security issues.
President Jonathan recently announced his team who will drive the economy to achieve desired results. Members of the team are men and women of integrity, professionals of high standard expected to change the ways things have been over the decades. They are expected to introduce measures that will boost the economy in all ramifications. Such measures will address infrastructural decay, power sector quagmire, bad roads, corruption and now threatening issue of Boko Haram and other sect or religious upheavals.
Dr.Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Finance Minister:
Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a woman of esteemed vision. She is a technocrat and a woman of strong will. Those who worked with her in the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo can tell better. At 52, she is leaving World Bank as Managing Director to come and offer her contributions to her fatherland. She is expected now with all her experience to come and drive economic development. With the dwindling world economy that has affected all countries, including Nigeria, she is indeed a good choice for the ministry. She holds Doctorate Degree in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in United States. She is equally a product of Havard University. Her father was a renowned economist and professor.
She is expected to join in the war against economic indiscipline among ministries and states, including corruption among public officers who collect allocations for job execution and end up diverting them to private pockets. She is expected to introduce fiscal measures that will boost the economy, check inflation, and boost the economies of the finance industry. Okonjo-Iweala who has received many awards, spent three years in Obasanjo’s administration during which she left an indelible mark. She negotiated with the Paris Club to secure a debt relief of $18billion for Nigeria. Many believe that her second coming as Minister is a big boost to Jonathan’s administration considering her transparency in all economic issues. Among the challenges is for her to enforce reduction in recurrent spending and deficit budgeting.
Senator Idris Umar; Transport Minister
Umar, former member of the House of Representatives for two terms, senator from 2007 to 2011, is a lawyer from Gombe State. He is coming at a time when the Transport industry is facing a lot of challenges. He is expected to champion the establishment of National Transport Commission, as a regulator in the transport sector. The commission is expected to perform roles that will checkmate all operators in the ports industry, including concessionaires and shipping companies who are being accused of imposing illegal charges on importers. Born December 28,1959, Umar is also expected to continue with the rail projects, to such an extent that major cities are linked. All the ports in the country are expected to be linked with rails to ease the congestion in the roads leading to the seaports. The current nightmare being suffered by workers and business men in Apapa is also a challenge to the Minister. Among others, he is expected to influence an end to this nightmare through the completion of the ongoing road project on roads leading to and out of the Apapa port. The development of the nation’s shipping industry is also a challenge to the minister in terms of ensuring that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) performs this statutory role. NIMASA was established specifically to drive indigenous shipping development in the country. Seen as a grassroot politician, many believe that he will introduce policies that will lift the transport industry.
Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi – Aviation Minister:
At a time that the aviation industry is described as having many difficulties with airlines not breaking even, and currently collecting bail-out funds, Princess Oduah-Ogiemwonyi, no doubt has an enormous task ahead. The infrastructure decay in many of the airports, aviation fuel scarcity and workers’ warpath with some of the concessionaires are among these challenges. Although she is an expert in the petroleum sector, she does not seem to have experience in the aviation sector. This means that she will have to study the industry. She will be expected to tackle safety issues and other key infrastructure in the airports. She is expected to introduce modern touch at the airport facilities to bring them in line with world standards. She is also expected to ensure that airfares are brought under control for customer satisfaction without compromising profitability of the airlines. She was born in 1962 in Onitsha, Anambra State, and holds Master’s Degree in Accounting and Business Administration. She established Sea Petroleum and Gas Company Limited after leaving NNPC in 1992.
Petroleum Minister: Diezani Allison Madueke
The petroleum industry remains the engine room of the nation. It holds key to the survival of the nation’s economy in many respects. A brief profile of the Minister, Mrs Diezani Allison –Madueke, shows that she is no doubt equipped for this task. Mrs Allison –Madueke is returning to the petroleum industry for the second time. She is an alumna of Howard University and Cambridge University in the United States of America and Britain. She had put in several years working for Shell before she was appointed as Minister of Transport in 2007. She was later redeployed to the Ministry of Mines and Steel before she was moved to the Ministry of Petroleum.
One major task confronting the Minister, is how to make the refineries work permanently. This means also that the country will have to end the decade of refined petroleum importation. She also has the challenge of the Petroleum Industry Bill and the planned removal of oil subsidy.
It also expected that her Ministry has to sustain the availability of fuel as against the scarcity that Nigerians suffered in the past. She also has the task of ensuring that the scam going on in the oil industry in terms of crude oil theft is checked.
Chief Emeka Wogu: Labour Minister
Emeka Wogu is coming to the Labour Ministry for the second time. The task before Wogu is ability to control the volatile labour which remains in a position to bring down any government if not well handled. The first challenge that government appears to have handled is the issue of the N18,000 minimum wage. Yet, the matter is not over, as some states appear not to have fully agreed that they can pay the new minimum wage.
But beyond this, the labour Ministry has to work hard in addressing the unemployment situation in the country. It is a terrible thing that many graduates have over the years remained without jobs. Expectations are that the Ministry should work on ensuring that the various measures being made by the Federal Government to provide employment for the teeming unemployed youths are realistic and not just on papers. At the end of the administration, Nigerians will be taking a stock of how many people were able to gain employment.
Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafa: Minister of Environment
The issues of climate change and flooding of many areas in the country are among the challenges of the new Minister of Environment, Mrs Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafa. There is also the issue of erosion in the South East and other parts of the country.
In the past few weeks, it has been a nightmare for some residents in Lagos, Ogun and some parts of the North, including Rivers State. The effect of the flood is poverty, homelessness, possible scarcity of food as some farmers in the North have already said their farms were destroyed. Expectations are also that the Ministry lives up to its statutory roles of protecting wildlife, air, water and forest. It is expected that the objectives of Environmental Renewal and Development Initiative, which include taking full inventory of all natural resources to assess the level of environmental damage introduced by the Ministry are realized. Those who know the Minister when she was a staff of M-Tel and the Nigerian Extraction and Transparency Initiative, say she is capable of the task before her Ministry.
Dr Olusgun Olutoyin Aganga – Minister of Trade and Investment
Aganga was former Minister of Finance before his current appointment. He had to give way for the Managing Director of World Bank, Dr. Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala.
As the new Minister of Trade and Investment, there is no doubt that Aganga has a lot of challenges. He is expected to attract a lot of investments into the country, and improve bilateral trade relations between Nigeria and other countries. Aganga was Born in 1955 at Sabongida Ora in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State . He attended University of Ibadan, Nigeria where he obtained a B.Sc Degree in Biological Sciences in 1977 . He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983. He also attended the University of Oxford, United Kingdom where he obtained a degree in Theology in 2000. He has worked in Arthur Young in Nigeria, Ernst & Young in London UK, and Goldman Sachs International in London, where he was Managing Director inhedge funds. He was also a Board member of the Nigerian Security and Exchange CommissionTechnical Committee on Nigerian Capital Market Structure and a former Chairman of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) Prime Brokerage Committee. Aganaga also established the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) in Nigeria. With his wealth of experience, it is expected that he will deliver in the President’s transformation agenda.
Elder Godsday Orubebe Minister of Niger Delta
Orubebe has no doubt contributed immensely in achieving peace in the Niger Delta in the past one of two years. His second coming as Minister is seen as the tonic to sustain the relative peace that has been achieved in the zone. Expectations are that he should pursue the many developmental needs of the Niger Delta. During his screening at the Senate, Orubebe said the framework for the development of the Niger Delta has been completed. It is expected that he will ensure that this is implemented. This will give the people of the Niger Delta a higher sense of belonging and permanently heal the wounds of the past.
One task before the Minister is to address the issue of the disconnect between his Ministry and development agencies in the area. Although, he claimed that there is no disconnect, it is expected that there should be greater synergy between his ministry and NDDC, OMPADEC. There are about 1.450 youths that are currently undergoing training in oil and gas, maritime and agriculture to make them self reliant and dissuade them from taking up arms as was the case before. It is expected that this programme should be sustained.
Zainab Ibrahim Kuchi – Minister of State, Niger Delta
Kuchi was until her appointment a business woman. She was President/Chief Executive of Daralkuchi Group of Companies. She was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Shea Alliance, an association of industry stakeholders in the shea sector. She is described by those who know her as rich managerial skills. It is expected therefore that she will contribute immensely in driving development in the Niger Delta to sustain the peace there. It is expected that she will join in identifying the developmental needs of the people and address them in what will heal the wounds of decades of marginalisation that gave rise to the militant attacks in the past.
Mrs Omobola Olubusola Johnson – Minister of Communication:
Mrs Johnson is the first to head Ministry of Communication which was created recently as part of the transformation agenda of the government. Until her appointment, she was Managing Director, Accenture Nigeria, earlier known as Anderson Consulting which she joined in 1985. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical an Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester. She also holds a Master’s degree in Digital Electronics from Kings College, London. Among the challenges of the new Minister is how to drive the broadband revolution to achieve cheap and efficient communication. She is expected to consolidate on the gains recorded over the past decade that GSM came into the country. She is expected to make realistic the broadband policy, so that it can be used to drive the economy.
She is also expected to find a solution to the multiplicity of agencies that have clashing roles in both the communication and technology sectors. These agencies include Nigerian Communication Commission, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, National Information Technology Development Agency, Galaxy Backbone Plc, National Spectrum Board and Nigerian Communication Satellite Company. She is equally expected to ensure that telecoms companies are up and doing in their service delivery.
Prof Ruqayyatu Rufai – Minister of Education
Prof Rufai is believed to have shown sign of performance as immediate past Minister of Education, and many believe that this was what may have earned her a second time as Minister of the same Ministry. She was former Dean, Faculty of Education at the Bayero University . She was former Commissioner of Education and Science, Jigawa State .
Prof Rufai has so much challenges with the falling standard of education in the country. The results announced by NECO and WAEC in recent past have not been impressive. Similarly, many have noticed falling standard of education in the tertiary institutions. The Ministry of Education is expected to work hard in addressing this problem.
Besides this development, the education enrolment in the Northern part of the country gives much for concern. This is something the Ministry of Education can improve by working with the states involved.
The other issue is the national policy on education which is currently suffering a lot of bureaucracies.
Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe – Minister of Water Resources
As a human rights activist, Mrs. Ochekpe, will no doubt do so much for the country in the area of provision of pipe-borne water for the people. She is expected to introduce water projects, including dam irrigation projects for agricultural use. Born in 1961, in Benue State , Ochekpe is married to Mr Ochekpe,an indigene of Plateau state. He graduated from the University of Jos , where she obtained Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degrees in Political Science.
As Minister of Water Resources, Ochekpe is expected to play a vital role in hydro-electric projects, including the proposed Mambilla power plant.
Hajiyya Zainab Maina – Women Affairs Minister
Hajiyya Maina is coming on board of Jonathan’s administration at a time that women are clamouring for more engagement in politics. Perhaps, it was this agitation that may have contributed to the appointment of 13 Ministers by the present administration. But Maina has more challenges getting women to accept the realities of politics, and that is that politicians are not spoon-fed, they work for it. The Women Affairs Minister has the task of convincing women to even support their own sex, as this has been the opposite, recalling the last PDP presidential primary when Mrs Sera Jubril never got any vote from women ,except her own. It is often said that women are their own enemies in Nigeria , and this is what the Minister has to correct. Maina is from Adamwa state. She attended Kaduna Polytechnic where she got a Diploma in Administration and Higher National Diploma in Catering and Hotel Management. She also holds Certificates in Secretarial Studies and Institution Building Activities from the Federal Training Centre, Kaduna and Centre for Development and Population , Washington DC , United States . She has been board chairman of many financial and educational institutions. She has the task of improving education for the female sex in the Northern part of the country.
Ms. Amal Inyingiala Pepple – Minister of Lands and Housing
With rich background in the Civil Service, the choice of Ms Pepple as Lands an Housing Minister is not misplaced. She was Director of Federal Civil Service, Director Economic Affairs Office, Presidency. She was also a former Lecturer in Political Science, Rivers State College of Education where she started her career. She was also Deputy Secretary, Constituent Assembly, Secretary National Assembly Provisional Office, Clerk Designate Senate National Assembly. She later became Clerk of the Senate. She graduated in 1975 with a First Class in Political Science, from the University of Ife , now Obafemi Awolowo University. She also obtained Master’s Degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London . She was former Head of Service of the Federation and retired in 2009.
One of the challenges before her is to ensure that the Land Use Act is reformed. She is also expected to transform the housing policy in the country with provision of low income houses for teeming civil servants.
Olajumoke Akinjide – Minister of State FCT, Abuja
Born in 1959, Olajumoke is the daughter of the former Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Richard Akinjide. She holds Bachelor of Law from Kings College , London and Master’s Degree in Law from Havard University. She was in 2001 appointed Special Assistant to the President on the Federal Capital Territory . She contested the senatorial seat in Oyo in the last general election but lost. An indigene of Oyo, she also practised law in her father’s law firm, Lagos , and London before she was appointed Special Assistant to the President in 2001.
She is expected to contribute in restoring the Abuja Master Plan.
Erelu Olusola Obada –Minister of State, Defence
Erelu Obada is trained a lawyer, an immediate deputy governor of Osun State . With the current security threat in the country following the latest Boko Haram episode, there is no doubt that so much is expected from the Ministry of Defence. So much is expected of the Defence Ministry, even in ensuring that the Niger Delta remains peaceful for investors to do business. While the crisis in Plateau is coming down, the Ministry of Defence has the duty of sustaining peace in the area.
Prof Viola Onwuliri –Minister of State,Foreign Affairs
Onwuliri is a professor of Biochemistry and was running mate to former governor Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State . She will work with Amb.Olugbenga Ashiru as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The recent general election has no doubt improved Nigeria ’s image abroad. But so much still needs to be done in projecting Nigeria ’s image abroad. This is the task before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry is expected to continue to propagate the nation’s transformation agenda to the international community.
Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi – Minister of Youths Development
Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, a former Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology Kwara State under the administration of Dr Bukola Saraki, was also a senior Editor with Thisday Newspaper. He holds BSc degree from the University of Lagos and Master’s Degree (Distinction) in Governance and Development from the University of Sussex. Abdullahi, brilliant and outspoken is 42 years old. He had a success story for the period he served Kwara State as Commissioner. He is coming to the Ministry of Youths Development at a time when many graduates are roaming the streets of Nigeria without jobs. He is expected to introduce youth development programmes that will address the issue of unemployment in the country.
Haliru Bello Mohammed Defence Minister
Bello was a former Lecturer, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Born in Birnin Kebbi, 1945, he was Commissioner for Agriculture between 1977 and 1979 in the old Sokoto State. He was also Vice Chairman, PDP, North-West Zone. He was also in 2008 Deputy National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party.
Among the challenges before Bello is to bring to an end the massacre being perpetrated against innocent people in Maiduguri, Borno State, and other parts of the Northern State. There is also the Plateau ethnic and religious crises that need to be checked. It is also expected that though the Niger Delta is calm, there is the need for the government to keep an eye on the area.
Abba Moro –Minister of Interior
He was a former Students Union activist at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He was also former Chairman, Opokwu Local Government or four terms. He equally served as Director General of David Mark’s re-election campaign organisation.. He is expected to also work hard to address the issue of security in the country. He is expected to consolidate on the reform agenda in the Nigerian prisons.
Bukar Tijani Minister of State, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Before his appointment Tijani was the National Project Coordinator, Third Fadama Development Project, a world bank funded project. He is expected to contribute his wealth of experience in agric development in the country. This is moreso with the climate change that may affect agriculture. Already, prices of food items are on daily basis shooting to the roof as a result of poor yields from farms. But above all, the Ministry of Agric is expected to introduce a programme that will make the country have food sufficient instead of relying on importation.
Prof Ita Okon Bassey Ewa, Science and Technology Minister
Ewa is an indigene of Oron in Akwa Ibom State. He is purely a member of the academia.
He is expected to introduce programmes that will see Nigeria as boasting of technological advancement among developed countries .
Bala Mohammed – FCT Minister
Mohammed who hails from Bauchi is former Minister of FCT Abuja. He is expected to ensure that the Federal Capital Territory is developed like other advanced countries in the world. As former Minister of FCT, Bala is no doubt in a familiar terrain. He is also expected to ensure that the Abuja master plan is realized.
Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu – Minister of Health
Chukwu who hails from Ebonyi State was former Minister of Education. He is professor of medicine. He is a fellow of West African College of Surgeons and a fellow of International College of Surgeons. Born in 1962 in Yaba, Lagos, Chukwu is expected to transform the nation’s health policy. One major concern of many Nigerians is the rising number of people who seek medical attention outside the country as result of dearth of medical facilities in our hospitals. Chukwu and his team need to change this trend by equipping teaching hospitals in the country and also making medical services affordable to all.
Mike Onolememen – Works Minister
He was a member of the Interim Management Committee of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF). He was said to have supervised the PTF Directorate of Project Management. He is described as scholar, politician, teacher, architect and project manager. As the Minister of Works, so much is expected of him at time when most of the Federal Government roads are in a state of disrepair. He is expected to take up the Ore-Benin-Onitsha- Enugu Express road among other federal road projects in the country. In the past, the government spent hundreds of billions of Naira on roads without anything to show for it. Expectations are that this trend is not repeated under the present administration.
Shamsudeen Usman – National Planning Minister
Shamsudeen was former Minister of National Planning and also Chairman of the Steering Committee on Vision 2020. He was also former Minister of Finance. Born in 1949 in Garangamawa, Kano State, so much is expected of him with his health of experience. The nation’s database is said to be nothing to write home about, a development, experts say affects our planning. The new Minister is expected to address this issue for the economic development of the country.
Mohammed Musa Sada – Minister of Mines and Steel Development
Sada, politician, hails from Katsina State. The importance of mines and steel cannot be over-emphasisized. This is considering the many needs of these natural resources. One expects that the new Minister will embark on an aggressive programme to develop the steel and mines sector because of their importance to the national economy. With coal in Enugu, Kogi and Benue, among others, one expects that the Minister attracts investors to develop the sector.
Mohammed Adoke (SAN) – Minister of Justice
Adoke is an indigene of Kogi State. He was a legal practitioner in Kaduna State. He was also immediate past Attorney General of the Federation. Born in 1963, he graduated at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is expected to pursue the law reform programme of the government, and ensure that the justice system works in the country.
Mr Labaran Maku – Minister of Information
Maku was one time Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State. He was also former Minister of Information. He served former President Umaru Yar’adua before his reappointment in Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. He was former students union activist, and a senior Editor in Champion Newspapers. He was also Commissioner for Information in Nasarawa State in 1999. Apart from the information dissemination of the government, Maku needs to promote the FOI law in the federal government ministries and parastatals because of the bureaucracy in the civil service.
Samuel Iorer Ortom, Minister of State , Trade and Investment
Chief Dr Ortom is from Gbajimba Gumba Local Government Area of Benue State. He admitted that he was once a motor tout before he went to the University. He was national auditor of PDP. With his background, it is expected that he will contribute immensely in the economic development of the country. He will join in promoting trade and investments in the country that will in turn usher in job opportunities for the nation’s teeming youths.
Olugbemga Ashiru – Foreign Minister
As a career Diplomat, Ashiru was also Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa. He holds BA Degree in History from the University of Lagos in 1972. He is expected to repackage the country’s foreign policy as well as improve the nation’s bilateral trade agreements with other countries. In the past, Nigeria’s image abroad has been so bad, and he is expected to disseminate the current democrat dividends as well as allay the fears of many foreigners that Nigeria is not in crisis as some may see Boko Haram episode.
Olusola Obada – Minister of State, Defence
Obada was immediate past Deputy Governor of Osun State. She ceded her senatorial ambition to former Senator Iyiola Omisore. She is also expected to contribute her quota in ensuring security in the country. She will join in addressing security crises like Boko Haram and keep a close watch on security threat across the country.
Dr.Lawan Yerima Nganga –Minister of State, Finance
He is a professional banker and worked as Director, Diamond Bank before his appointment. Nganga who hails from Yobe also worked in First Bank. With his background coming from the finance sector, he is seen as suitable is his new position. He is expected to contribute in introducing an economic package that will improve Nigeria’s foreign reserve as well as other economic measures that will make the country buoyant.
Bashir Yuguda, Miniser of State, Works
He was former Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. He hails from Zamfra State.
The task before him include the worsening state of the federal roads. With many federal roads now death traps, expectations are high for the Works Ministry to make Nigeria proud by tacking this problem once and for all.
Alhaji Yusuf Suleiman – Sports Minister
Suleiman was Transport Minister before his redeployment to the Spots Ministry. He was also former Director, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). He was born in 1963. Suleiman hails from Sokoto, and was first appointed Minister in 2010. He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria where he obtained B.Sc Degree in Business Administration in 1986. He also obtained MBA from the same university in 1989.
Dr Mohammed Pate – Minister of State Health
Pate who hails from the North East, was the former Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, a position many believe may have equipped him so much in the present position. He is expected to join Prof Chukwu in changing the current state of poor health facilities and services in the country.
Mr Nyesom Wike – Minister of State, Education
Wike was former Chief of Staff to Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. He was also Director-General of his re-election campaign. He is expected to contribute in addressing the crisis in the education sector, especially the falling education standard.
Dr Akinwunmi Ayo Adesina – Minister of Agriculture
Adesina was former Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Agricultural Sciences Division. He is a renowned economist with over 20 years experience in African agriculture. He has a B Sc in agricultural economics (first class ) from Obafemi Awolowo University. An indigene of Ogun State, he holds PhD in Agricultural economics from Purdue University, USA. With his wealth of experience, he is no doubt equipped for the agric revolution in the country.
Mr Edem Duke, Minister of Culture and Tourism
Duke is from Cross River. He is a tourism expert. He is expected to transform the country’s tourism industry. Shortly on assuming office, he was quoted as assuring that he will transform the sector. He described tourism sector as a goldmine that could be a ‘frontier of growth and development of the nation’s economy’