PRESIDENT’S SPEECH AT THE SWEARING- INCEREMONY OF MINISTERS-DESIGNATE WEDNESDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2015 IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBER, STATE HOUSE

Your Excellency, The Vice President;
Professor Yemi Osinbajo;
The Senate President, and the Hon. Speaker,
House of Representatives;
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Justice
Mahmoud Mohammed;
The National Chairman, All Progressive
Congress, Chief John Oyegun;
National Leader of APC, Chief Bisi Akande;
Other APC Executive Committee Members here
present;
The Secretary to the Government of the
Federation;
Head of the Civil Service of the Federation;
Honourable Ministers;
Members of the Diplomatic Corps;
Members of the Press and Invited Guests.
Today we have reached another milestone in
the evolution of our new government which
Nigerians overwhelmingly voted into office in
the March 28th, 2015 general elections. Today
we witness the swearing-in of new ministers of
the government of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria.
2. Since our inauguration on May 29, 2015,
the Vice President and I have been mindful of
the need to constitute a cabinet that will best
deliver our expectations of a better country
than we inherited. We want to work towards a
prosperous nation respected for the right
reasons, and whose citizens can hold up their
heads anywhere in the world. And we are
optimistic that bringing this set of ministers
into the service of our country today is a step
in the right direction, a timely move towards
realising our positive goals for our country.
3. Since we assumed office in May, I have
been mindful of the need to ensure that the
appointment of new ministers translates into
putting round pegs in round holes while
showing sensitivity to our diversity as a
people and our various positions as groups of
stakeholders in our country.
4. I have also been conscious of the need not
to repeat such mistakes of the past
where the right people were allocated the
wrong portfolios, which translated into their
performing poorly to our collective detriment
despite their obvious capabilities. Also, I have
responded to the counsel to consult as widely
as possible, given the need to build a stable
and all-inclusive government by reaching
across our various ethnic and political
divides.
5. With the inauguration of ministers, our
government shall continue more decisively to
implement its policies in respect of the
economy and in other areas. While working
hard to maximise revenue from oil in the face
of a sharp decline in the price for the
commodity, we are determined to diversify the
economy in agriculture to enhance
employment and explore solid minerals as a
major revenue earner.
6. The primary aim is to achieve self-sufficienc
y in the production of such staples as rice and
wheat and to become a major consumer and
exporter of both items as well as solid
minerals. We intend to pursue policies that
will generate massive employment for millions
of our youth.
7. We shall also continue with greater
determination and focus to pursue our goal of
ensuring improved security for our country and
its citizens, and without letting up on our fight
against corruption. Our commitment to defeat
Boko Haram and all the threats it constitutes
remains as strong as ever. So is our resolve to
root out vices such as kidnapping and
neutralise the various forms of criminalities
that threaten the social peace of Nigerians.
8. While recognising the challenges we face
and the need to surmount them, let us not fail
to note the progress we have made in the
short life of this government, as an indication
of how much better we can do as a people
driven by patriotism and a common resolve to
do things right.
9. On the moral sphere, trust is slowly but
steadily being re-established between the
government and the people. Now, when the
government speaks, the people listen; and
when the people’s expectations are not met,
they appreciate that it is not for lack of
commitment or trying on the part of
government. In effect, government business is
now being conducted with transparency and
cynicism is waning as a result.
10. Our adoption of the Treasury Single
Account has resulted in the blocking of
financial leakages in the public sector, making
more funds available for the business of
governance and ensuring the welfare of our
citizens. The Central Bank of Nigeria has also
assisted more than 30 States of the federation
with concessionary loans to offset salary
arrears for their workers. On the monetary
side, the CBN has also implemented country-
specific and innovative policies that have
helped to stabilize the exchange rate and
conserve our reserves.
11. Finally, our new ministers must proceed to
work speedily and do their utmost to justify
the confidence we have placed in them not
only by their conduct but also by their
performance in their various positions.
12. Over all our economy is poised for
sustained job creation, poverty reduction and
inclusive growth. Regardless of the present
challenges we are confronting, I believe all
Nigerians will keep hope alive and sustain
their optimism about the future of our
economic well being.
13. The Ministries have been rationalised and
reduced to twenty-four. These are the
Ministries and their Ministers.
These are the Ministries and their Ministers
S/N NAME MINISTRY
1 ABUBAKAR MALAMI (SAN) JUSTICE
2 GEOFFREY ONYEAMA FOREIGN AFFAIRS
3 KHADIJA BUKAR ABBA IBRAHIM STATE
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
4 BRIG. GEN. MM DAN ALI DEFENCE
5 ADAMU ADAMU EDUCATION
6 PROF. ANTHONY ANWUKAH STATE
MINISTER OF EDUCATION
7 MRS KEMI ADEOSUN FINANCE
8 OKECHUKWU ENELAMAH INDUSTRY, TRADE
AND INVESTMENT
9 MS. A’ISHA ABUBAKAR STATE MINISTER OF
INDUSTRY, TRADE AND INVESTMENT
10 DR. (SEN) CHRIS NWABUEZE NGIGE
LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
11 BARRISTER JAMES E. OCHOLI STATE
MINISTER OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
12 MUHAMMADU BELLO FEDERAL CAPITAL
TERRITORY
13 ABDULRAHMAN BELLO DANBAZAU
INTERIOR
14 UDOMA UDO UDOMA BUDGET AND
NATIONAL PLANNING
15 ZAINAB SHAMSUNA AHMED STATE
MINISTER OF BUDGET AND NATIONAL
PLANNING
16 EMMANUEL IBE KACHIKWU STATE
MINISTER OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES
17 BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA (SAN) POWER,
WORKS AND HOUSING
18 MUSTAPHA BABA SHEHURI STATE
MINISTER OF POWER, WORKS AND HOUSING
19 CHIEF AUDU INNOCENT OGBEH
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
20 HEINEKEN LOKPOBIRI STATE MINISTER OF
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
21 CHIBUIKE ROTIMI AMAECHI
TRANSPORTATION
22 SENATOR HADI SIRIKA STATE MINISTER
OF AVIATION
23 ISAAC FOLORUNSHO ADEWOLE HEALTH
24 DR. OSAGIE EHANIRE
STATE MINISTER OF HEALTH
25 SENATOR A’ISHA JUMMAI AL-HASSAN
WOMEN AFFAIRS
26 PASTOR USANI USANI UGURU NIGER
DELTA
27 CLAUDIUS OMOLEYE DARAMOLA STATE
MINISTER OF NIGER DELTA
28 BARRISTER ADEBAYO SHITTU
COMMUNICATIONS
29 LAI MOHAMMED INFORMATION
30 AMINA MUHAMMED ENVIRONMENT
31 IBRAHIM USMAN JIBRIL STATE MINISTER
OF ENVIRONMENT
32 ENG. SULEIMAN ADAMU WATER
RESOURCES
33 BARRISTER SOLOMON DALONG YOUTH
AND SPORTS
34 KAYODE FAYEMI SOLID MINERALS
35 ABUBAKAR BAWA BWARI STATE MINISTER
OF SOLID MINERALS
36 DR OGBONNAYA ONU
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Best of Luck
MUHAMMADU BUHARI

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