7 April 2010

Nigeria: Jonathan Takes Over Ministry of Power

Photo: Vanguard
Acting President Goodluck Jonathan (middle) in a group photograph with members of the Federal Cabinet shortly after the re-constitution of the Executive Council of the Federation at the State House, Abuja.

Abuja — No substantive minister of power would be named for the time being following the decision of the Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to take charge of that critical sector.

This comes as the Acting President hinted during the swearing-in ceremony of ministers yesterday that they would sign a performance agreement to help monitor their progress in office.

Also, two new ministries - Water Resources and Lands, Housing and Urban Development - have been created by Jonathan with substantive ministers to man them.

The Presidency disclosed that it has developed a new concept on the way and manner the power ministry would be run to ensure optimal efficiency.

This formula would see Jonathan taking the lead in the ministry, supported by the Minister of State for Power, Mr. Nuhu Wya.

Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity Mr. Ima Niboro made this known in a chat with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

"There is a new concept about power. It is going to run as a body that will be chaired by the Acting President as chairman and he will take responsibility as minister for a certain period of time and the minister of state will be deputy chairman," said Niboro.

"This body will work in close harmony with the power sub-committee of the Presidential Advisory Council and Barth Nnaji heads this committee. He is an experienced power consultant, that is why you see those positions are vacant," he explained.

During the swearing-in of 38 new ministers at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Jonathan stated that they will be expected to deliver on their jobs in addition to being made to sign a performance agreement.

The Acting President said as part of efforts to measure the performance of the ministers, he would in the next two weeks work with them to determine and agree on ministerial goals and targets, which would form the basis for measuring and assessing their performances.

Ministry and Ministers


Prof. Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah

Mr. Awodele Najeem Adewale (State)


Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN


Prof. (Mrs) Ruqayyatu A. Rufa'i


Sen. Bala Muhammed


Mr. Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga

Mr. Aderemi W. Babalola (State)

Foreign Affairs

Mr. Henry Odein Ajumogobia

Dr. Aliyu Idi Hong (State)

Information & Communication

Prof. Dora Akunyili

Mr. Labaran Maku (State)

Niger Delta Affairs

Elder Peter Godsday Orubebe

Hon. Samuel Ode (State)

Petroleum Resources

Mrs. Deizani Alison-Madueke


Chief Adetokunbo Kayode

Murtala Shehu Yar'Adua (State)


Dr. Shamsudeen Usman


Sen. Sanusi M. Dagash

Chris Ogiemwinyi (State)

Ministry Minister


Mrs. Fidelia Njeze

Commerce & Industry  

Sen. Jibril Martins Kuye

Ms. Josephine Tapgun (State)

Culture & Tourism

Abubakar Sadiq A. Mohammed


Mr. John Ogar Odey


Alh. Suleiman Bello (State)


Emmanuel Iheanacho

Mr. Humphrey Abah (State)

Labour & Productivity

Mr. Chukwuemeka Wogu

Mines & Steel Devt

Musa Mohammed Sada


Nuhu Somo Wya (State)

Police Affairs

Alh. Adamu Waziri

Science and Tech.

Prof. Muhammed K. Abubakar

Special Duties

Navy Capt. Earnest Olubolade (Rtd)


Yusuf Sulaiman

Youth Development

Sen. Akinlabi Olasunkanmi

Women Affairs

Iyom Josephine Anenih, mni


Hon. Ibrahim Isa Bio

Lands, Housing & Urban Development

Hon. Nduese Essien

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