Breaking: Ex-DG of NITDA becomes Minister of Communications
Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, immediate past Director General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has been sworn-in as Nigeria’s new Minister of Communications.
TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports Pantami, who was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to replace Adebayo Shittu, was inaugurated Minister of Communications on Wednesday, after having been screened, alongside 42 other appointees, by the National Assembly.
While Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi), retains the Ministry of Science and Technology, former Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Executive Commissioner of Stakeholder Management, Sunday Akin Dare is now the Minister of Youth and Sports.
Earlier, on Tuesday, President Buhari had appointed Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi as the fifth DG of the NITDA to replace Pantami. The President had also forwarded Adeleke Moronfolu Adewolu’s name to the Senate for confirmation as replacement for Dare.
President Buhari on Wednesday at the State House Abuja sworn-in 43 Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and unveiled their portfolios, after they have first been screened by the National Assembly, with every Minister sworn-in receiving a mandate.
The mandate is an outline of President Buhari’s next level priorities, deliverables and timelines, linked to the assigned Ministry, and based on the outcomes of the Policies, Programmes and Projects Audit Committee (PPPAC), chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo between March and May 2019), the Policy Dialogue in July 2019, and the recent cabinet retreat.
Boss G. Mustapha was first sworn-in by President Buhari as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), taking the oath of office before the President, before the Ministers were sworn-in in batches.
SEE FULL LIST OF THE NEW MINISTERS AND THEIR PORTFOLIOS
1) Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah – Abia, Mines and Steel Development, State
2) Muhammed Musa Bello – Adamawa, FCT
3) Sen. Godswill Obot Akpabio – Akwa Ibom, Niger Delta
4) Chris Ngige – Anambra, Labour & Employment
5) Sharon Ikeazor – Anambra, Environment, State
6) Adamu Adamu – Bauchi, Education
7) Amb Maryam Katagum – Bauchi, Industry, Trade and Investment, State
8) Timipre Silva – Bayelsa, Petroleum, State
9) Sen. George Akume – Benue, Special Duties
10) Mustapha Baba Shehuri – Borno, Agriculture, State
11) Godwin Jedi-Agba – Cross River, Power, State
12) Festus Keyamo – Delta, Niger Delta, State
13) Ogbonnaya Onu – Ebonyi, Science and Technology
14) Dr. Osagie Ehanire – Edo, Health
15) Clement Ikanade Agba – Edo, Budget and National Planning, State
16) Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo – Ekiti, Industry, Trade and Investment
17) Geoffrey Onyeama – Enugu, Foreign Affairs
18)Dr. Ali Isa Pantami – Gombe, Communications
19) Emeka Nwajuba – Imo, Education, State
20) Suleiman Adamu – Jigawa, Water Resources
21) Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed – Kaduna, Finance, Budget and National Planning
22) Dr. Mohammad Mahmoud – Kaduna, Environment
23) Mohammed Sabo Nanono – Kano, Agriculture
24) Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) – Kano, Defence
25) Hadi Sirika – Katsina, Aviation
26) Abubakar Malami – Kebbi, HAGF and Minister of Justice
27) Ramatu Tijani Aliyu – Kogi, FCT, State
28) Lai Mohammed – Kwara, Information and Culture
29) Gbemisola Saraki – Kwara, Transportation, State
30) Babatunde Raji Fashola – Lagos, Works and Housing
31) Adeleke Mamora – Lagos, Health, State
32) Mohammed A. Abdullahi – Nasarawa, Science & Tech, State
33) Amb. Zubairu Dada – Niger, Foreign Affairs, State
34) Olamilekan Adegbite – Ogun, Mines & Steel Devpt
35) Sen. Omotayo Alasuadura – Ondo, Labour, State
36) Rauf Aregbesola – Osun, Interior
37) Sunday Dare – Oyo, Youth and Sports
38) Dame Pauline Tallen – Plateau, Women Affairs
39) Rotimi Amaechi – Rivers, Transportation
40) Mohammed Maigari Dangyadi – Sokoto, Police Affairs
41) Engr. Sale Mamman – Taraba, Power
42) Abubakar D. Aliyu – Yobe, Works and Housing, State
43) Sadiya Umar Faruk – Zamfara, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development