After a long wait, Nigerians can now heave a sigh of relief as a new Federal Executive Council (FEC) will be inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina, said in a statement on Sunday that the ministers-designate will take their oaths of office in the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, before the commencement of the inaugural session of the council.
“The swearing-in will begin at 10:00 hours and the ministers-designate are expected to be seated in the Council Chambers by 09:30 hours at the latest.
“Each minister-designate can only be accompanied to the swearing-in ceremony by a maximum of two guests”, Adesina stated
The statement also said President Buhari will preside over the swearing-in of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and five others as National Commissioners of INEC today at the Presidential Villa.
“The swearing-in of Prof. Yakubu, Mrs. Amina Zakari, Mr. Solomon Adedeji Soyebi, Prof. Antonia Taiye Okoosi-Simbine, Dr. Muhammed Mustafa Lecky and Alhaji Baba Shettima Arfo is scheduled for 11:00 hours in the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa”, it said.
The 36 ministers to be inaugurated on Wednesday are Aisha Alhassan (Taraba); Udoma Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom); Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Audu Ogbeh (Benue); Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi); Osagie Ehanire (Edo); Abdulrahman Dambazau (Kano); Lai Mohammed (Kwara); Amina Mohammed (Gombe); Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa); and Ibrahim Jibril (Nasarawa)
Others are Babatunde Fashola (Lagos); Ibe Kachikwu (Delta); Abubakar Malami (Kebbi); Chris Ngige (Anambra); Solomon Dalong (Plateau); Kemi Adeosun (Ogun); Hadi Sirika (Katsina); Adebayo Shittu (Oyo); Khadija Bukar Ibrahim (Yobe); Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers); James Ocholi (Kogi); Baba Mustapha (Borno); Claudius Daramola (Ondo); Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa); and Usani Uguru (Cross River).
The remaining are Munsur Dan Ali (Zamfara); Zainab Shamshuna Ahmed (Kaduna); Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu); Abubakar Buari (Niger); Isaac Adewole (Osun); Aisha Abubakar (Sokoto); Mohammed Bello (Adamawa); Adamu Adamu (Bauchi); Anthony Anwuka (Imo); and Okechukwu Enelamah (Abia).