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Former ministers’ photos still appear on ministries’ websites as heads weeks after exit




IT is more than two weeks since the tenure of ministers who served in the President Muhammadu Buhari first term ended, yet pictures of many of them are still hovering the official websites of their respective ministries as heads.

President Buhari had told the ministers at a valedictory Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held on 22nd May 2019, that they could continue with their job until May 28, a day to his swearing-in for his second term rule.

“Today’s Federal Executive Council meeting is the last time we will meet as a cabinet before the commencement of the second and final term of this Administration,” the president told members of the cabinet who has ceased being ministers from May 28.

By the president’s directive, the out-going ministers were expected to hand over to the permanent secretaries who are the most senior civil servants in their respective ministries.

Then the permanent secretaries became the acting ministers pending when the new appointments are announced.

However, findings by The ICIR revealed that websites of ministries such as Ministry of Finance , Education, Environment, Budget and National Planning, Sports and Youth Development, and Justices still keep pictures of immediate past ministers as the heads of their respective ministries.

For instance, picture of Zainab Shamsuna Ahmad is displayed as the Honourable Minister of Finance on the website of Federal Ministry of Finance, while Adamu Adamu and Anthony Anwukah are still showing on the website of the Federal Ministry of Education as Minister and Minister of State for Education respectively.

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Others are ministries of Power, Works and Housing, Information and Culture, Agriculture and Rural Development, Defence and Interior.

The ministries of Niger Delta Affairs and Petroleum Resources have also not pulled down pictures of ex-ministers from their webpage.

In all, 15 websites of ministries checked by the ICIR  still display photographs their former ministers

In contrast, ministries of health, labour and employment have since removed the pictures of the ex-ministers from their official websites, though Isaac Adewole, immediate past minister of health still addresses himself as Nigeria’s Minister of Health on his Twitter handle @IsaacFAdewole.

Meanwhile, ministries of Communications and Science and Technology headed by Adebayo Shittu and Ogbonaya Onu respectively do not have their own official websites.

The president is yet to announce a new appointment since his inauguration on May 29.

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