This Day (Lagos)

8 April 2010

Nigeria: Ministers - the Profiles (ii)

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Murtala Yar'Adua

Minister of Defence (State)

Alhaji Murtala Yar'Adua whose ministerial nomination generated controversy in his family is the eldest son of late Gen. Shehu Yar'Adua, elder brother to President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua.

After his secondary education, Murtala attended South-eastern University, London, England and graduated with a B. Sc Degree in Business Management and an MBA in Financial Management. Following in his father's tracks, in politics, business and now defence, he served as Director of Intel Services Ltd, Port Harcourt; Nation House Press, Kaduna, Hamada Holdings Nigeria Ltd, Kaduna. He also served as a member of the Board Directors of Platinum Habib Nigeria Bank Plc. He was turbaned Tafidan Katsina in 2002, a traditional title he inherited from his late father.

Bala Mohammed

Minister of FCT

Senator Bala Mohammed was born in 1958 and attended Duguri primary school, Government secondary school, Bauchi and University of Maiduguri where he read English. He was elected a Senator in 2007, representing Bauchi South. He is a vocal voice among the members of the red floor of the Senate. This, he displayed during the early days of Yar'Adua's ill-health controversy, when he was the first to ask for the invocation of Section 144 of the 1999 constitution and declare President Yar'Adua incapacitated. He was then the arrowhead of the pro-Jonathan Senators in the Senate.

Olusegun Aganga

Minister of Finance

Mr. Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga was born in Lagos in 1955. Before he was called to serve, Aganga held sway as Managing Director of the reputable investment company in the United Kingdom, Goldman Sachs International.

Aderemi Babalola

Minister of Finance (State)

Mr. Aderemi Babalola was the Minister of State for Finance who had in the immediate past worked with two Finance Ministers consecutively, that is, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman and Dr. Mansur Muhtar. Before he was appointed the Minister of State for Finance in 2007, he was an Executive Director in charge of Operations at First Bank of Nigeria Plc. The young Babalola is not your run-of-the-mill politician but he is said to be learning the robes gradually.

Shamsuddeen Usman

Minister of National Planning

Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman was the first Finance Minister to serve in the President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua administration. He was later moved to the Ministry of National Planning following a cabinet shake-up. Until the recent cabinet dissolution, he was the Minister of National Planning.

Suleiman Yusuf

Minister of Transport

Alhaji Suleiman Yusuf was born in 1963 in Sokoto State. He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria with B.Sc Business Administration in 1986 and got his Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) in 1989.

John Ogar Odey

Minister of Environment

Mr. John Ogar Odey has retained his position of Minister of Environment in the dissolved cabinet of President Yar'Adua. He was former Minister of Information and Communications in the first cabinet of President Yar'Adua in 2007. Odey who hails from Cross River North Senatorial was born in 1959. He holds a B.Sc in Banking and Finance from the University of Calabar.

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