President Jonathan Carries Out Minor Cabinet Reshuffle

President Goodluck Jonathan has carried out a minor reshuffle of his cabinet to fill the position left by seven ministers who resigned to pursue political ambitions in their respective states.

The cabinet reshufflewas made known on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting held in Abuja and presided over by the President.

The ministers left the president’s cabinet on October 20 in conformity with the mandate of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Briefing newsmen at the end of the FEC meeting, the minister of state for Foreign Affairs, Nurudeen Mohammed, who has now been assigned to oversee the Ministry of Information, said that the minister of state for Foreign Affairs, Viola Onwuliri, had been moved to the education ministry while the minister of state in the health ministry, Khaliru Alhassan, is now saddled with the task of overseeing the Ministry of Health.



    The minister of Special Duties, Kabiru Turaki, is to oversee the Ministry of Labour and Productivity while the minister of Defence, Aliyu Gusau, is to oversee the functions of the minister of state for Defence left by Musiliu Obanikoro.

    The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Steve Oru, is also to supervise the office of the minister of state in the ministry; while the minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, will double as the minister of state, a position previously held by Samuel Ortom.

    Mohammed noted that the ministers appointed to supervise other ministries were to take full responsibilities pending when substantive ministers would be named.

    It is not yet clear if the President will send new names to the National Assembly for appointment as ministers, as the present government has only a few months in office before the 2015 general elections.

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