Viola Onwuliri upgraded as Jonathan Sacks nine ministers
President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday, Sept 11, carried out a major cabinet reshuffle that removed nine ministers. The President announced the sack of the ministers shortly after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.
The sacked ministers are Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai (Jigawa), Science and Technology, Ita Okon Ekwa (Akwa Ibom), Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru (Ogun), Environment, Hadiza Mailafia (Kaduna), National Planning, Dr. Shamsuden Usman (Kano), Housing, Lands and Urban Development, Ama Pepple (Rivers).
The Ministers of State affected are those of Defence, Olusola Obada, Agriculture, Alhaji Buka Tijani and Power, Zainab Kuchi.
Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting, the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, said the reshuffle is with immediate effect. He said the President, through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, also named the ministers that will oversee the affected ministries.
The Minister of States, Foreign Affairs II, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, will be in charge of the ministry. Education is to be supervised by the Minister of State, Nyesome Wike, the Minister of Solid Minerals, Musa Sada will monitor the Ministry of Housing, Lands and Urban Development, the Minister of Communications is to oversee the Science and Technology Ministry, the Minister of State for Works, Amb. Bashir Yuguda, is to supervise the Ministry of Planning. Maku is to oversee the Ministry of Defence while Mr. Dairu Ishaku, Minister of State for Niger Delta, will look after the Ministry of the Environment.
Maku said that the Ministers of Agriculture and Power, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina and Chinedu Nebo, respectively will take charge of their ministries pending the appointment of new ministers of state.
According to him, the President expressed satisfaction with the services of the affected ministers, since their appointment, assuring them that he would continue to engage them in the future.
“These ministers have been affected in the cabinet reshuffle and the President-in-Council expressed his satisfaction and happiness over their commitments to government since they were appointed.
He also thanked them for their service to their fatherland and said he will continue to engage them in one way or the other in the implementation of the Transformation Agenda and of course, in the various challenges that government faces around the country and in terms of efforts to transform our country.
Five reasons may have accounted for their sack: They are – non-performance, security reports on alleged corruption, political allegiance, doubtful loyalty to President Jonathan, poor management and the crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).