In a recent development, President Bola Tinubu has officially assigned portfolios to the majority of the 48 ministers he recently appointed. The announcement, made yesterday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelae, reveals the key roles each minister will undertake within the government.
Notable among the appointments is the former governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, who will be heading the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration. Additionally, David Umahi, the ex-governor of Ebonyi State, has been chosen to lead the Works Ministry.
It appears that the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has been omitted from the ministerial list, indicating a possible restructuring or reorganization within the government.
Some of the prominent assignments include Mr. Wale Edun as the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, while Bunmi Tunji will serve as the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy.
Bosun Tuani has been tasked with overseeing the Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy. Ishak Salako will assume the role of Minister of State for Environment and Ecological Management. Adedayo Adelabu has been appointed as the Minister of Power, while Tunji Alausa takes the position of Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare.
The Ministry of Solid Minerals Development will be led by Dele Alake, while Lola Ade-John will head the Ministry of Tourism. Adegboyega Oyetola is set to oversee the Ministry of Transportation.
The comprehensive list continues with Doris Anite as the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment; Uche Nnaji as the Minister of Innovation Science and Technology; Nkiruka Onyejeocha as the Minister of State for Labour and Employment; and Uju Kennedy as the Minister of Women Affairs.
Festus Keyamo, SAN, will be responsible for the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development. Abubakar Momoh has been appointed as the Minister of Youth, and Betta Edu will serve as the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.
The allocation of ministerial roles also includes Ekperikpe Ekpo as the Minister of State for Gas Resources and Heineken Lokpobiri as the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources. Senator John Enoh will lead the Ministry of Sports Development.
Hannatu Musawa will oversee the Ministry of Art, Culture, and the Creative Economy, while Mohammed Badaru assumes the position of Minister of Defence. Bello Matawalle is named as the Minister of State for Defence.
Yusuf T. Sununu will serve as the Minister of State for Education, while Ahmed M. Dangiwa will head the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. Abdullah T. Gwarzo will take up the role of Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development.
Furthermore, the President’s appointments extend to Atiku Bagudu as the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Mairiga Mahmoud as the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, and Bello M. Goronyo as the Minister of State for Water Resources and Sanitation. Abubakar Kyari will lead the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, and Tahir Maman is set to oversee the Ministry of Education.
Sa’Idu A. Alkali will assume the role of Minister of Interior, while Yusuf M. Tuggar takes on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ali Pate will be the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, and Ibrahim Geidam will oversee the Ministry of Police Affairs.
The Ministry of Steel Development will be led by both Maigari Ahmadu and Shuaibu A. Audu. Muhammed Idris is appointed as the Minister of Information and National Orientation.
The crucial position of Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice will be held by Lateef Fagbemi. Simon Lalong is designated as the Minister of Labour and Employment, and Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim is the Minister of State for Police Affairs.
Zephaniah Jisalo is set to lead the Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, while Joseph Utsev takes on the Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi will serve as the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security.
Upon examining the allocated portfolios, it is evident that the North-West region boasts 10 ministers, equally divided between senior and junior positions. The North-Central region has eight ministers, with six in senior roles. The South-West will have seven senior ministers and two junior ministers.
In parallel, the North-East region is represented by six senior ministers and one junior minister. Notably, Kaduna State is yet to appoint a representative for the Environment and Ecological Management Ministry.
The South-South region will be represented by five senior ministers and two junior ministers. Meanwhile, the South-East region will have four senior ministers and one junior minister. This distribution reflects the effort to maintain a balanced and inclusive administration across the country.