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Ambode, Akpabio Make Buhari’s Ministerial List     

Jubilation as Ambode, Akpabio make ministerial list.     

Funsho Akinwale

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