July 21, 2024

President Tinubu Inaugurates Keyamo, Momoh, 43 Other Ministers into Cabinet


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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Monday August 21, 2023 inaugurated Olorogun Festus Keyamo SAN and 45 other ministers-designate in Aso Villa, Abuja, Nigeria.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, administered the oath of office to the Ministers.

Keyamo was sworn in as the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development in a ceremony that had all the trappings of seriousness and devoid of frivolities.

The Special Adviser to Tinubu on Media and Publicity, Aguri Ngelale, read all the citation of the Ministers, and was followed by oath-taking.

The event held at the State House Banquet and was attended by Vice-President Kashim Shettima, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, and Speaker of the House Representatives, Tajudeen Abass.

Also at the ceremony was Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum and Kwara Governor, Abdulaziz Abdulrahman.

The ministers took their oath nine batches. The first batch comprised the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkiruka Onyejeocha, Minister of State Gas in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Ekperikpe Ekpo, Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy, and Minister of Education, Tahir Maman.

The second batch comprised of Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Ali Pate, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, Minister of State (Oil), Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Heineken Lokpobiri, Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Joseph Utsev, and Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari.

The third batch had the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo SAN, Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, and Minister of Niger Delta Development, Abubakar Momoh.

The fourth batch was that of Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, Minister of Innovation Science and Technology, Uche Nnaji, Minister of Transportation, Alkali Sa’id, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Anite, and Minister of Defence, Mohammed Badaru.

This was followed by the Minister of State Housing and Urban Development, Abdullahi Gwarzo, Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Mariya Mahmud, Minister of Housing and Urban development, Ahmed Dangiwa, Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa, and Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu.

While the sixth batch was made up of Minister of State Education, Yusuf Sunumu, Minister of Steel Development, Shuaibu Audu, Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Tunji Alausa, Minister of Tourism, Lola Ade-John, and Minister of State Police Affairs, Imaan Sulaiman- Ibrahim.

The seventh batch included Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Minister of Information and National Orientation, Muhammed Idris, Minister of State Environment, Ishak Salako, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun, and Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani.

The eighth batch comprised of Minister of Interior, Bunmi Tunji-Ojo, Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, Minister of Power, Adedayo Adelabu, Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesome Wike.

The ninth batch included Minister of State for Water Resources and Sanitation, Bello Goronyo, Minister of State for Steel Development, Maigari Ahmadu, Minister of Police affairs, Ibrahim Geidam, Minister of State for Defense, Bello Matawalle, and Minster of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Zephaniah Jisalo.

The Inauguration Reception for Olorogun Festus Keyamo at the A-Class Park and Recreration Centre, brought together people from all walks of life, including the traditional rulers from Delta State and some South-South states; legal luminaries, professionals and politicians from different political parties. Understandably, the aviation industry was there to show solidarity for the man so much is expected from – considering the present state of the aviation industry.

Former Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege, Olorogun Otega Emerhor, Air peace Chairman Allen Onyema, Senator Ned Nwoko, Midwest Herald Publisher, Hon. Orobosa Omo-Ojo JP, Ambassador Fanny Amun (MON), former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, Obiora Okonkwoko United Nigeria, Ayiri Emami all graced the event that turned out to be a reunion of pro-democracy groups and progressives.

Some newly sworn-in ministers honoured their Aviation ministry counterpart with their presence.

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