Nigerians sold on the readiness of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to hit the ground running from the get-go are currently wondering if they have not been sold a dummy – yet again – as the news broke on Sunday 20 August, 2023 that the President has ordered a last-minute rejig of his cabinet ministers and their portfolios less than 24 hours to their inauguration.
Not a few of the President’s foot soldiers, public affairs analysts and indeed millions of Nigerians were shocked that a seemingly slammed dunked ministerial list with all portfolios assigned only a few days ago suddenly had to be reworked, given the delays which trailed the nominations in the first place and the hype around the President’s preparation to govern.
Anyway, presidential spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, late on in the day announced a shuffle of ministers-designate and their portfolios.
Ngelale made the announcement via a statement which reads in full:
“President Bola Tinubu has approved the redeployment of Engr. Abubakar Momoh from the Federal Ministry of Youth to the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Development. The Federal Ministry of Youth is to be re-assigned to a Minister-Designate soon.
“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.”