Jubilation as Ambode, Akpabio make ministerial list.
The immediate past Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and former senator, Godswill Akpabio, were among the people who made the first batch of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list released on Tuesday for approval at the National Assembly. Former Adamawa State Governor, Jibirilla Bindow, also made the list.
While Ambode from Lagos holds the portfolio of Budget and National Planning, Akpabio who is representing Akwa Ibom State was given Niger/Delta Affairs Minister.
This is certainly good news for Akpabio who is still slugging it out with Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party at the tribunal to reclaim his senatorial mandate.
Ambode was compensated for the denial of his second bid and the humiliation he faced at the tail end of his administration.
A few former ministers, including Rotimi Ameachi, Oggonaya Onu, Chris Ngige, Hadi Sirika, Abubakar Malami and Abdulrahaman Dambazau returned for second term.
Other high profile ministers such as Babatunde Fashola, Lai Mohammed, Audu Ogbeh, Professor Isaac Adewole, Solomon Dalong, Zainab Ahmed Ibe Kachikwu and Geoffery Onyema are yet to be cleared or may have been dropped from the cabinet.
See the preliminary list:
Kayode Adesola (Ogun) – Labour and productivity
Rotimi Ameachi (Rivers) – Transportation
Chris Ngige (Anambra) – Communications
Hadi Sirika (Katsina) – Minister of state, Aviation
Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos) – Budget and National planning
Abdulrahman Dambazau (Kano) – Interior
Fatima Gambo (Taraba) – Women Affairs
Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi) – Science and Technology
Abubakar Malami (Kebbi) – Justice
Ahmed Mohammed (Nassarawa) – Industry, Trade and Investment
Barnabas Bantas (Kaduna) – Minister of state, Education
George Akume (Benue) – Minister of state, Petroleum
Bindow Jibrilla (Adamawa) – Federal Capital Territory
Halima Babayo (Yobe) – Minister of state Foreign Affairs
Adebayo Adelabu (Oyo) – Finance