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President Jonathan swears in new ministers, Defence Ministry remains vacant

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President Jonathan swears in new ministers, Defence Ministry remains vacant

by Ibrahim Faruk

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday appointed Professor Chinedu Osita Nebo from Enugu state as the new minister of Power and Malam Kabiru Tanimu Turaki from Kebbi state as Minister of Special Duties in the office of the President.

A press statement signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, said the two ministers are to resume duties immediately.

A letter by President Goodluck Jonathan to the Senate last Wednesday asked the legislative assembly to approve the nomination of two ministerial nominees, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki from Kebbi State and Prof Chinedu Nebo, from Enugu State.

The two ministers were sworn in by the President on Monday and they were directed to see Senator Anyim for their posting, but this could not be done until yesterday.

Former, Defense Minister, Bello Haliru was removed by Jonathan in June last year, following the growing spate of attacks by members of the Islamic extremist sect, Boko Haram, the Minister of State, Olusola Obada, has been piloting the affairs of the ministry the same way Gaius Dickson, before the swap of positions involving power and Niger Delta ministries in November, had been acting when Prof. Barth Nnaji also resigned his appointment as the Minister of Power in August.

While there had been speculations over an impending cabinet shake up, the post of Defence Minister remains vacant.

Sources had tipped Mr. Godsday Orubebe, present minister of Niger Delta Affairs to move to the Ministry of Defence while Mr. Nyesom Wike, present minister of state for education may move to Niger Delta.

After the first Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in 2013 presided over by the president, Information Minister, Mr. Labaran Maku, briefed journalists on orders from the President, “to work harder, faster and deliver results. He said we must all buckle up and make sure all our agencies deliver results. Last year was very good for the country, by the grace of God Nigerians will see greater
results this year”.

With the sensitive nature of national security and present security challenges in the country it is imperative that the appointment of a Defence Minister should supersede the clamors by different regions for one of their own and focus on merit and the ability to deliver results.

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