Buhari asks Ministers to hand over on May 28

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    AHEAD of his inauguration on May 29, President Muhammadu Buhari, has directed all ministers to handover their portfolios on May 28, May.

    The president gave the directive Wednesday at the end of a valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

    According to him, the valedictory FEC meeting was the last for the cabinet, which was inaugurated six months after he was sworn-in as president in 2015.

    Buhari reminded the outgoing ministers to continue working in their capacity till the handover date, while their handover notes should be submitted to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF) Boss Mustapha.

    According to the News of Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, each minister in the Council chamber personally thanked the President for finding them worthy of the appointment in the past three and a half years.

    Ministers 

    ONE of the highlights of Buhari’s outgoing FEC, was the appointment of Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) as the Minister for Power, Works and Housing. Fashola, was seen as “Super Minister” through an unprecedented consolidation of three hitherto distinct ministries.

    In the meantime, the president, barring a few exits, kept intact the FEC. The Minister of State for the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Barrister James Ocholi, made a fatal exit when he died in an auto crash on 6 March 2016, about four months after his appointment.

    The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, left to take another responsibility as the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations.

    Former Governor Ekiti State and then Minister of Mines and Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, left to contest the governorship of the state. He won.

    Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan resigned as the Minister of Women Affairs on 27 July 2018 to run for the governorship of Taraba State and dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the process. 

    Hajia Khadija Bukar Ibrahim, Minister of State, Foreign Affairs also left to run for a House of Representatives seat in Yobe. She won.

    Dr. Kemi Adeosun, who was the original Minister of Finance left amidst the controversy of forgery that trailed her NYSC certificate.

    In December 2018, the Minister of State for Environment Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, resigned to become the 13th Emir of Nasarawa Emirate in Nasarawa State.

    New faces stepped in as replacements. Suleiman Hassan, initially appointed Minister of State for Power in 2017 became the Minister of Environment, following the exit of Jibril. Professor Stephen Ocheni, replaced the late Ocholi.

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