by Segun Odeleye
Four ministers were dropped from the federal cabinet on Wednesday. They are Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, Minister of State for Finance, Yerima Ngama, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe and Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade.
Labaran Maku, the minister of information disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting today.
The official reason given for the drop of the ministers is that they have signified interest to pursue political and other interests.
The president reportedly expressed his appreciation to the ministers for their service to the nation and their contributions to the transformation agenda. He wished them well in their future endeavour.
In the mean time, the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Dr. Samuel Ortom will take charge of Aviation Ministry, the Minister of State for Niger Delta, Isiaku Darius is to take charge of Niger Delta Ministry, Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will handle her role as well as that of the minister of state, while Minister of State FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide will take charge of Police Affairs Ministry.
According to Maku: “The President announced further changes in the federal executive council. He said a number of ministers have been asked to step out of the federal executive council to pursue or further their own interests, some in politics and others in private focused. But mainly what the President did today was to allow ministers who have indicated interests in pursuing further goals in the polity and in the economy and in the life of the country, to be allowed to go.
“In announcing the acceptance of their decision to participate further in the polity, the President thanked them very sincerely for the great job they have done in helping the government realise a number of the goals that have been achieved under the transformation agenda. The President believes that they have done so well for the country, they have done so well for this administration. He was generally happy with what they have done, particularly in their various sectors to help the administration realise the goals that we see today in the results that we have arrived at under the transformation programme of the government.”