Breaking: Jonathan drops sports minister

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Mar 5th, 2014
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President Goodluck Jonathan has relieved  the Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi of his job.

Dr. Tamuwo Danago was sworn in as the new Sports Minister  along with ten other new ministers on Wednesday by President Jonathan who gave no indication of Abdullahi’s fate.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati later confirmed to reporters that Abdullahi has been dropped  from the cabinet.

The former minister was not in the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday.

The ex-National Security Adviser, General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau (Zamfara State) is now the Minister of Defence while Senator Musiliu Obanikoro (Lagos) is  Minister of State for Defence.

Ambassador Aminu Wali (Kano) is the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Wakil (Borno) is the Minister of State for Power and Abduljelili Oyewale Adesiyan (Osun)  Minister of Police Affairs.

The new Minister of Land and Housing is Mrs. Akon Etim Eyakenyi (Akwa Ibom) and Laurencia Labaran Mallam (Kaduna) is the Minister of Environment.

Asabe Asmau Ahmed (Niger) in the Minister of State for Agriculture, Boni Haruna (Adamawa), Minister of Youth Development and  Dr Khaliru Alhassan (Sokoto State) is the new Minister of State for Health.

After swearing in the ministers before FEC meeting started, President Jonathan charged the new ministers to see the new appointments into public office as a public trust and truly serve the people.

Stressing that the administration is emphasising on transformation, he urged the new ministers to ensure they listen to the people and address their concerns.

He said: “At the end, if you cannot say that you have brought innovations to your ministry, then you have failed. If you are not able to detect errors in the ministry, then you have failed. It is your responsibility to make positive changes.”

Urging them not to cause problems in their ministries, he hoped that they will bring additional values to their ministries.

He maintained that all the ministers are eminently qualified to be Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Stating that more new ministers will be announced next week, Jonathan said that he will reserve his comments on the appointments till next week.

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