Amaechi, Sylvia, Akpabio Get Juicy Portfolios …As Buhari Inaugurates Cabinet
Rivers state former governor, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has been reappointed as Minister of Transportation, as president
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja inaugurated his new cabinet.
Amaechi who along with the Minister of State (Transportation), Senator Gbemi Saraki, arrived the ministry at about 1.30 pm, said he would officially resume duty on Monday, Aug. 26.
Mr Timipre Sylva is the Minister of State, Petroleum, Mr George Akume is the new Minister of Special Duties and International Affairs, while Mustapha Baba Shehuri is Minister of State, Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Senator Godswill Akpabio is Minister of Niger Delta Affairs while Festus Keyamo SAN is Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs.
Most of the re-appointed members of his first term cabinet retaining their posts. Some other members of the old team who returned either had their jobs trimmed or got a raise in their responsibilities.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed returns to the Ministry of Information and Culture as Dr Ogbonnaya Onu returns to the Ministry of Science and Technology but unlike Mohammed, Onu is to be assisted by a Minister of State, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi.
Others who retained their positions are Alhaji Muhammed Bello (Federal Capital Territory) Adamu Adamu (Education), Dr Chris Ngige Labour and Employment), Geoffrey Onyeama (Foreign Affairs).
Alhaji Hadi Sirika , takes full charge as Minister of Aviation, while Mr Chibuike Amaechi is in-charge of Minister of Aviation in the Ministry of Transportation without the Aviation segment.
Malam Suleiman Adamu returns to the Ministry of Water Resources, while Zainab Ahmed is back to the Ministry of Finance.
Abubakar Malami retains his post as Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation and Mr Babatunde Fashola keeps the Ministry of Works and Housing without the Power segment.
Dr Ikechukwu Ogah, a fresh hand, is Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development;
Mr Sabo Nanono is the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources; retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Salihi Magash (Minister of Defence) and Ramatu Tijjani (Minister of State, FCT.)
Muhammed Madmud is Minister of Environment; Sharon Ikeazor (Minister of State, Environment) and Amb. Maryam Katagun is the Minister of State, Trade.