Jonathan swears in Shekarau, three others as Ministers
The newly sworn-in Ministers are Ibrahim Shekarau, Stephen Oru, Adedayo Adeyeye and Abdul Bulama.
The swearing in ceremony was immediately followed by the announcement of their portfolio by the President who also made public, a minor rearrangement in the current cabinet.
Mr. Shekarau is now the new Minister for Education; Mr. Adeyeye was announced as the Minister of State for Works; Mr. Oru, Minister of Niger Delta and Mr. Bulama, now Minister of Science and Technology.
In another change, Mr President announced that the current Minister of Works, Bashir Yuguda, will henceforth be the Minster of State for Finance and supervising Minister of National Planning.
In his remarks, President Jonathan congratulated the Ministers on their appointment, urging them to work tirelessly to be able to impress Nigerians. He said they were coming in at the injury time and would need all the zeal to achieve the purpose with which they were appointed.
Jonathan further affirmed that the new Ministers will have no time to rest but to quickly adjust and resume work without delays.
“Let me congratulate you for this appointment,” he said. “But It is not an enviable appointment because in football match, when you get to the injury time and a player is brought in, you expect goals. This government has less than a year to go and you have been brought in this time, so you know the reason why you have been brought in.”
“You have no time to sleep, unfortunately for you, because first you have to learn how to climb the ropes, because maybe it is a different setting, no matter how experienced you are, if you go to something different, you will need some time to adjust.
“But from your background, we know that all of you are eminently qualified to be here and we know that it will not take you too many hours to settle down. We believe that you will perform, not just to satisfy Mr President but to satisfy Nigerians.
“You are not just serving the President as a principal aide, but you are serving our motherland and in this, we will expect the best from you, especially at this time when there is global competition” the President said.