Note: An earlier proposal to reduce the number of ministerial appointments for reasons of efficiency was not accepted. The inclusion of Okonjo-Iweala as expected "super" finance minister and head of the national economic team will earn the government trust and good will among foreign lenders and donors. In contrast, the choice of Alison-Madueke, presumably as oil minister, is controversial. It is opposed by anti-corruption campaigners and by many in the oil industry. That she hails from the President's Bayelsa State is insufficient to explain her selection ... assuming it is final. (See articles below.)
26 June 2011
Former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is the South-east zonal nominee in the new cabinet to be constituted by President Goodluck Jonathan.
In what can be described as a “semi-final” list awaiting final journey to the Senate on Monday, the final list drafted by the president’s selection committee contains 40 names, with only one more nominee expected to represent the South-south zone.
Except there are last-minute changes, this is the list the president will forward to the senate for screening.
North-west:Ambassador Bashir Yuguda (Zamfara),Alhaji Yusuf Suleiman (Sokoto),Prof. Ruqqayatu Rufa’i (Jigawa),Alhaji Yusuf Abubakar (Kaduna),Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman (Kano),Alhaji Mohammed Musa Sa’ada (Katsina),Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed (Kebbi),Hajia Abiba Isah Dutse (North-west)
South-south:Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke (Bayelsa),Mr. Tonye Cole (Rivers),Mrs. Martina Odom (Cross River),Elder Godsday Orubebe (Delta),Mr. Mike Onolememen (Edo),Prof. Ita Okon Bassey-Ewa (Akwa Ibom) [Ed. - Who is South-South Zone rep???]
South-east:Mrs Biola Viola Onwuliri (Imo),Prof. Barth Nnaji (Enugu),Mrs. Stella Odua-Ogiemwonyi (Anambra),Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu (Ebonyi),Mr. Emeka Wogu (Abia),Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (South-east)
North-central:Mr. Mohammed Adoke (Kogi),Malam Bolaji Abdullahi (Kwara),Mr. Labaran Maku (Nasarawa),Hajia Zainab Ibrahim Kuchi (Niger),Dr. Samuel Loraer Ortom (Benue),Dr. Jonah Madugu (Plateau),Comrade Abba Moro (North-central)
South-west:Dr. Olusegun Aganga (Lagos),Ms. Olajumoke Akinjide (Oyo),Mr. Akinwunmi Ayo Adesina (Ogun),Erelu Olusola Obada (Osun),Mrs. Omobola Johnson Olubusola (Ondo),Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade (Ekiti),Amb. Olugbenga Ashiru (South-west)
North-east: Alhaji Bukar Tijjani (Borno),Mr. Obadiah Ando (Taraba),Senator Idris Umar (Gombe),Dr. Yerima Lawan Ngama (Yobe),Hajia Zainab Maina (Adamawa),Senator Bala Mohammed (Bauchi),Dr. Mohammed Pateh (North-east)