Tukur Chairs NRC Board, As Obanikoro, Boni Haruna Make Ministerial List

In prompt fulfilment of his promise to give him another job, President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed the immediate past national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bamanga Tukur, to chair the board of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC.

Jonathan also today sent a list of ten persons to the National Assembly for screening as ministers.

This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Anyim Pius Anyim.

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Tukur, 79, had resigned his position as the national chairman of the ruling party on January 15 and has since been replaced by former governor of Bauchi State, Adamu Muazu.

According to the statement, the president also approved the appointment of Ghaji Ismaila Bello as the Director-General, National Population Commission with effect from January 8, 2014.

Those on the ministerial list include Musiliu Obanikoro, (Lagos) former governorship candidate of the PDP in Lagos and Nigerian ambassador to Ghana; Boni Haruna, former governor of Adamawa (Adamawa); Mohammed Wakil (Borno), Jamila Salik (Kano), Akon Eyakenyi (Akwa Ibom), Aminu Wali (Kano) and  W. Danagogo (Rivers).
Others are Asabe Ahmed (Niger), Abduljelili Adesiyan (Osun), Lawrencia Mallam (Kaduna), Aliu Gusau (Zamfara) and Khaliru Alhassan (Sokoto).

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The Assembly also received for confirmation the names of the newly appointed service chiefs – Air Marshal Alex Badeh (Chief of Defence Staff), Air Vice Marshal Adesola Amosu (Chief of Air Staff), Major-General Kenneth Minimah (Chief of Army Staff) and Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin (Chief of Naval Staff) – from the President for confirmation in compliance with Section 18(1) of the Armed Forces Act.

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Jonathan expressed hope that the Senate would treat the requests expeditiously.

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