Jonathan Reshuffles Cabinet, Mohammed Replaces Maku As Info. Minister


President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday announced a minor cabinet reshuffle following the vacancies created by the resignation of seven ministers last week.

At the Wednesday’s federal executive council meeting which was the first to be held after the exit of the who resigned to pursue electoral position, Jonathan directed that the vacant ministerial portfolios be filled by some other cabinet members some of who are now assigned to supervised the vacant ministries.

Minister of State II, for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed, who announced the development to State House correspondents at the end of today’s Federal Executive Council meeting, said he has been asked to take over as the Supervising Minister of Information.

He said those supervising other ministries are to act in the capacity pending the appointment of substantive ministers.

Mohammed replaces Labaran Maku as minister of Information.

President Goodluck JonathanOther ministers assigned new portfolio include: Minister of State I, Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, now substantive Minister of State; Education replacing Mr. Nyesom Wike.

Minister of Special Duties, Taminu Turaki (SAN) now Supervising Minister of Labour and Productivity following the exit of Chief Emeka Wogu.

Minister of Defence, Alhaji Aliyu Guasu, would combine his duties with those of the Minister of State, Defence following the resignation of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Stephen Oru, will combine his responsibilities with those of the Minister of State, Defence vacated by Dr. Darius Ishaku; the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, will combine his duties with those of the Minister of State vacated by Samuel Ortom.

It would be recalled that seven ministers resigned their positions to contest the 2015 general election in their states.