In preparation for their impending inauguration by President Bola Tinubu, a significant number of ministers-designate have successfully completed their documentation procedures at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) in Abuja. This pivotal step in the lead-up to their formal induction into office saw the participation of 30 ministers-designate, while the remaining 15 are scheduled to undergo the documentation process today.
Among the ministers-designate who completed their documentation on the first day were Nyesom Wike, the designated Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister; Bunmi Tunji-Ojo, nominated for the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy; Betty Edu, responsible for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation; and Yusuf Tuggar, designated as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Commencing around 10am, the exercise was carried out efficiently, ensuring the ministers-designate could fulfill their requirements for tomorrow’s inauguration.
A reliable source involved in the documentation process shared insights, stating, “More than 30 ministers-designate have so far completed the documentation process today (yesterday). When we conclude with those already processed, we’ll wrap up for the day. If they come in a timely manner, we should be done before 2pm tomorrow. The process will continue on Sunday starting from 10am.”
Considering the logistics of accommodating all 45 ministers-designate simultaneously, the process has been structured to accommodate those who could not complete the documentation on the first day. This strategic approach ensures a smooth flow of activities, allowing the inauguration event to proceed as planned.
As part of the documentation requirements, ministers-designate were expected to present documents such as CVs, birth certificates, court declarations of age papers, two passport photographs, and a citation speech for those who opt to have their citations read during the swearing-in ceremony.
Confirming the ongoing exercise, the Director of Information at the OSGF, Willie Bassey, issued a brief statement on the matter through X (formerly Twitter), stating, “Ministers-designate commence their documentation at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Abuja. Exercise ongoing.”
Furthermore, each minister-designate has been granted the privilege to invite up to three guests to attend the inauguration ceremony, which is set to take place at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
In light of the forthcoming event’s significance, heightened security measures have been implemented around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). A police source assured the public of a seamless and secure ceremony, emphasizing that such precautionary steps are standard in preparation for events of such importance.