Written by By Ali M. Ali:
Ahead of the Senate screening and confirmation process of the ministerial nominees, Acting President Goodluck Jonathan is under pressure from the nominees and their sponsors over portfolios.
“The way of politicians is not our way; having succeeded in getting ministerial nominees, what they are doing now is lobbying for the so-called lucrative and juicy portfolios,” a presidency source told LEADERSHIP last night.
The source said the desperate move by the 33 nominees to get “lucrative” portfolios is coming as Jonathan prepares to send a third list of the proposed ministers to the Senate early next week, attributing the delay to “security screening.”
Also expected to be announced shortly is Hon. Abubakar Bawa Bwari, to represent the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Bwari, a native of FCT, holds a graduate degree in Town Planning and is a registered member of both the Nigeria Institute of Town Planners and Town Planning Registration Council. He has been involved in the design of the masterplans of Niger and Kaduna states, among others.
LEADERSHIP investigations revealed that former Information and Communication minister, Prof. Dora Akunyili may be headed for the Health Ministry. Her performance in the National Agency for Food and Drugs (NAFDAC) is believed to have recommended her for the new portfolio.
Mr. Segun Aganga, managing director at Goldman Sachs, one of the world’s largest investment banks, is expected to take charge of the Finance Ministry or National Planning.
Further investigations revealed that the suave former Minister of State for Niger Delta, Mr. Godsday Orubebe, is expected to return to his old forte as senior minister, while Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke, who held sway as Minister of Solid Minerals in the dissolved cabinet, is likely to head the Petroleum Ministry. Working for Allison-Madueke is her experience garnered from Shell before her 2007 appointment as minister.
Henry Odein Ajumogobia, former petroleum minister, is expected to head the Ministry of External Affairs.
LEADERSHIP learnt that second-time minister Adamu Maina Waziri, who was once a minister of state, is likely to take charge of the Agriculture Ministry, while former Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Mr. Labaran Maku, being a veteran journalist, may end up as the new helmsman of the Information and Communication Ministry.
Josephine Anenih, former national women leader of the PDP, is expected to head the Women Affairs ministry.
Adetokunbo Kayode, the former Justice minister, is expected to return to his old forte as Attorney-general and Minister of Justice.
Second-time minister, Senator Sanusi Daggash, is expected to supervise the Works and Housing Ministry.
Prof. Rukayyatu Ahmed Rufai, the present Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Jigawa State, may replace Hajiya Aishatu Jibril Dukku as Minister of State for Education.
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