Following the senate screening of the 42 ministerial nominees of President Mohammadu Buhari, a new set of federal ministers has emerged. Their names and ministries assigned to were announced on the 21st of August 2019 at the National House of Assembly and were also sworn in that same day. While some of them returning ministers, others are coming into the position as a newbie. The names of the newly appointed Nigeria ministers are:
- Ogbonnaya Onu – Minister of Science and Technology
He is the first civilian governor of Abia State and has returned as the Minister of Science and Technology for a second time. He hails from Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi state and graduated in 1976 with a first-class degree in Chemical Engineering.
- Adamu Adamu – Minister of Education
Mr Adamu is the current Minister of Education, he has been re-elected into the Ministry of Education after undergoing screening by the Senate, and as such, he is the present Minister of Education. The accountant is an indigene of Bauchi State.
- Lai Mohammed (Kwara) – Minister of Information and Culture
The popular Lai Mohammed has again been appointed Minister of Information and Culture. He once served as the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress in Nigeria.
- Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu) – Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Nigerian lawyer is a returning Minister of Foreign Affairs. He had been a Deputy Director General at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In 1983, he was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
- Osagie Ehanire (Edo) – Minister of Health
Dr. Osagie has been re-elected as the Minister of State for Health. He is aged 72 and is a member of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC). He had his tertiary education at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany where he graduated as a doctor.
- Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna) – Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning
Zainab is a member of the All Progressives Congress and a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University where she studied Accounting. She is the immediate past executive secretary and national coordinator of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). Zainab was initially elected into the Ministry of Finance in 2015.
- Abubakar Malami (Kebbi) – The Minister of Justice and Attorney General Abubakar studied Law at Usmanu Danfodiyo University and graduated in 1991. He contested for the 2014 Governorship primaries in Kebbi State but lost to Atiku Bugudu.
- Chris Ngige – Minister of Labour and Employment
The Nigerian doctor has held several political positions in the state. Not only was he elected governor of Anambra state in 2003; he also occupied the position of the senator representing Anambra central in 2011. The returning minister is a member of the All Progressive Congress.
- Hadi Sirika (Katsina) – Minister of Aviation
The former General Manager, Katsina State Transport Authority and former pilot has returned as the Minister of Aviation.
- Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) – Minister of Transportation
Amaechi is the fifth governor of Rivers State and hails from Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers. His administration is identified with many infrastructural developments which included the construction of many roads as well as bridges.
- Babatunde Fashola (Lagos) – Minister of Works and Housing
The past Lagos State governor has been appointed Minister of Works and Housing, he is the immediate past minister of Power. Fashola is known to have rehabilitated the city of Lagos in no small way. He graduated from the University of Benin where he studied Law.
- Muhammed Musa Bello (Adamawa) – Minister of the Federal Capital Territory
He is a returning Minister in charge of the Federal Capital Territory and hails from Adamawa state. He is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
- Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno) – Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing
Mustapha was a member of the House of Representatives (2007-2011), he represented the Maiduguri Metropolitan Federal Constituency and is the immediate past and present Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing.
- Festus Kayemo– Minister of State for Niger Delta.
Festus hails from Ughelli Local Government Area of Delta State. This lawyer and human activist was the Director of Strategic Communications of the 2019 re-election bid of the President of Nigeria.
- Uchechukwu Ogah (Abia)- Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development
He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the current president of Master’s Energy Group. He contested during the 2019 Governorship elections in Abia State but lost to Okezie Ikpeazu.
- Emeka Nwajiuba (Imo) – Minister of State for Education;
Nwajiuba hails from Ehime-Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State. He served in the House of Assembly from 1999-2003. He is the current chairman of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).
- Sa’adiya Umar Farouk (Zamfara) – Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development
She is a former Federal Commissioner of National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons and a former National Treasurer of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
- Sharon Ikeazor (Anambra) – Minister of State for Environment
She is the current Executive Secretary of Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD).
- Godswill Akpabio- Minister of Niger Delta Affairs
He is the third Governor of Akwa Ibom state (May 2007-May 2015) and has served as a Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources in Akwa Ibom State where he hails from.
- Gen. (RTD) Bashir Salihi Magashi – Minister of Defence
Bashir is a former Governor of Sokoto State from August 1990 to January 1992. He was a legal adviser for All Nigeria’s People Party (ANPP), as well as a governorship candidate of Democratic People’s Party (DPP) in Kano. He is a new minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
- Richard Adeniyi Adebayo – Minister for Industry, trade and investment
Richard was the first Executive Governor of Ekiti State from 1999 to 2003.
- Timipre Sylva- Minister of State for Petroleum Resources of Nigeria;
Sylva is a former Governor of Bayelsa state and a member of Rivers State House of Assembly in the 1990’s.
- Isa Ali Pantami (Gombe) – Minister for Communication
Pantami has authored many books on ICT, technology and politics alike. He is a member of the All Progressives Congress. He was the Director-General and CEO of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
- Gbemisola Saraki – Minister for Transportation;
Gbemisola was an executive director of Ashmount Insurance Brokers, a firm located in Lagos. She has also been a Senator representing Asa/Ilorin West Federal Constituency, Kwara state. She is a new Federal Minister.
- Clement Ikenade Agba (Edo) – Minister of State for Budget and National Planning
He was Edo State Commissioner for Environment and Public Utility for eight years.
- George Akume; Minister of Special Duties
George was the minority leader of the Senate from 2011 to 2015 and the first governor Governor of Benue State.
- Sunday Dare (Oyo)– Minister for Youths and Sports
The Nigerian journalist and former Executive Commissioner of Stakeholder Management, Nigerian Communications Commission has been appointed as the new minister for youth and Sports in the country.
- Omotayo Alasoadura (Ondo) – Minister of State for Labour
Mr Omotayo was a Senator representing Ondo Central; he was also a former Secretary to Ondo State Government.
- Adeleke Mamora (Lagos) – Minister of State of Health
The Nigerian doctor was elected to the Senate in 2003 and was also reelected in 2007. He was also delegated to represent Nigeria at the National Republican Convention of 1990 He is the new minister of state for health
- Mohammed Abdullahi (Nasarawa) – Minister of State for Science and Technology
Abdullahi is the immediate past Secretary to the State Government of Nasarawa State and the new minister of state for science and technology.
- Ambassador Maryam Katagum (Bauchi) – Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment
She holds a Masters degree in Administration and Planning as well as a certificate in social development Policy, Planning and Practice which she obtained at the University College, London and was appointed Nigeria’s Permanent Delegate to United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2009.
- Sabo Nanono (Kano) – Minister for Agricultural and Rural Development
This Nigerian banker has worked in many financial institutions in Nigeria. He became a senior investment executive, new Nigeria Development Company Limited in 1978.
- Zubairu Dada (Niger) – Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
He worked at the National Orientation Agency from 1993 to 1999 and was a federal revenue Commissioner representing Niger State at the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Abuja.
- Pauline Tallen (Plateau) – Minister for Women Affairs
She is a former Minister of State for science and technology; she served during Olusegun Obasanjo regime and a former deputy governor in Plateau state.
- Abubakar Aliyu (Yobe) – Minister for Works and Housing; He is a former deputy governor of Yobe. He is the new minister of state,works and housing
- Saleh Mamman (Taraba) – Minister for Power
He works at the Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)
- Muhammad Mahmoud (Kaduna) – Minister for Environment
The current Chairman of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) is a former member of the Kaduna House of Assembly and Chairman of the Buhari Support Organisation.
- Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) –Minister of Interior
He is the 8th governor of Osun state and a Lagos Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure. He is a new minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
- Goddy Jedy – Agba (Cross River) – Minister of State for Power
He is the former Group General Manager (GGM) in the Crude Oil Marketing Division (OMD) in NNPC. He is a graduate of International studies and bagged a Master’s degree from the University of Lagos, Akoka.
- Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun)- Minister for Mines and Steel Development
He was a Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in Ogun State.
- Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi (Sokoto) – Minister for police affairs.
He is the Chairman of National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) governing body.
- Suleiman Adamu – Minister for Water Resources.
Suleiman is a first-class graduate of Modern History and a former inspector general of police. He was appointed an inspector in the year 1979 under President Shehu Shagari’s administration.
- Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu (Kogi) – Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory
She is a graduate of Urban and Regional Planning and the immediate past APC National woman Leader. She has emerged as the new minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory.