Less than 12 hours to swearing in ministers – designate, president Bola Tinubu has approved the transfer of Abubakar Momoh from the Federal Ministry of Youth to the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Development.
President Tinubu’s last minute action may not be unconnected to recent criticisms by the Niger Delta stakeholders and PANDEF over the missing of the ministry when they were announced by the Senate as submitted by the president.
According to Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President, a minister-designate will shortly be given the federal ministry of youth.
The Ministers-Designate allocated to the Federal Ministries of Transportation, Interior, and Marine & Blue Economy have been reshuffled as follows:
(A) H.E. Adegboyega Oyetola is redeployed as the Honourable Minister of Marine & Blue Economy
(B) Hon. Bunmi Tunji-Ojo is redeployed as the Honourable Minister of Interior
(C) Hon. Sa’idu Alkali is redeployed as the Honourable Minister of Transportation.
Furthermore, both Ministers of State in the Oil & Gas sector are now domiciled in the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources with the following designations:
(i) Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri is the Hon. Minister of State (Oil), Petroleum Resources
(ii) Hon. Ekperipe Ekpo is the Hon. Minister of State (Gas), Petroleum Resources
The President approves the renaming of the Federal Ministry of Environment and Ecological Management as the Federal Ministry of Environment.
All aforementioned changes take immediate effect by these directives of the President, Ngelale said.