FLASH: Fashola Sworn In As Power, Works & Housing Minister

After five months without ministers, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally inaugurated 36 ministers that were recently screened and cleared by the Senate.

The 36 ministers were also given their portfolios, as the former governor of Lagos state Babatunde Fashola stole the show with his appointment as the new minister of power, works and housing.

The presidency had earlier confirmed that the inauguration of the ministers will be carried out on Wednesday, November 11.

From a statement released by Femi Adesina, the special adviser on media and publicity to the president, it was revealed that the ministers were allowed to invite only two guests for their inauguration.

However, just before the ministers were given portfolios, they took the oaths of office in the council chambers of the Presidential Villa.

The swearing-in ceremony lasted two hours, 30 minutes. It began promptly at 10am and ended at exactly 12.30pm.

Read below from end to beginning, the play of events at the council chambers yesterday.


12:30: Master of ceremony Garba Shehu calls for photo session outside the council chamber and ministers and President Buhari oblige to the appeal. That draws the curtain of the swearing-in exercise.

12:30: Osagie Ehanire (Edo state) – Minister of State, Health

12:29: Aisha Abubakar (Sokoto state) – State minister for Industry, trade and Investment

12:29: James Ocholi (Kogi state) – State minister of Labour and Employment

12:28: Dr Ibe Kachikwu (Delta state) – State minister for petroleum resources. Buhari remains petroleum minister.

12:28: Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno) –  State Minister for Power, Works and Housing.

12:28: Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa state) – State minister for Agriculture and Rural Development.

12:28: Claudius Daramola (Ondo state) – State minister of Niger Delta.

12:27: Ibrahim Usman Jibril (Nasarawa state) – State minister of Environment.

12:27: Engr Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa) – Minister of Water Resources

12:26: Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed (Kaduna state) – Minister of State Budget and National Planning.

12:26: Pastor Usani Uguru (Cross River) – Minister of Niger Delta.

12:26: Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan (Taraba state) – Minister of Women Affairs

12:25:  Isaac Adewole (Osun state) – Minister of Health

12:25: Adebayo Shittu (Oyo state) – Minister of Communication.

12:25: Lai Mohammed (Kwara state) – Minister of Information

12:25: Masur Maman Dan Ali (Zamfara state) – Minister of Defence

12:25: Abdulrahaman Danbazau (Kano) – Minister of Interior

12:25: Udoma Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom) – Minister for Budget and National Planning

12:24: Amina Mohammed (Gombe state) – Minister for Environment

12:24: Hadi Sirika (Katsina state) – Minister of Aviation

12:24: Solomon Dalong (Plateau state) – Minister for Youth and Sports.

12:24: Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers state) – Minister of Transportation

12:23: Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi state) – Minister of Science and Technology.

12:23: Audu Ogbeh (Benue state) – Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

12:23: Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos state) – Minister of Power,Works & Housing.

12:23:  Muhammadu Bello (Adamawa state) – Minister of Federal Capital Territory.

12:22: Kemi Adeosun (Ogun state) – Minister of Finance.

12:22:  Abubakar Bawa Bwari (Niger) – Minister of State, Solid Minerals

12:22: Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti state) – Minister of Solid Minerals.

12:22: Chris Ngige (Anambra state) – Minister of Labour and employment.

12:21: Okechukwu Enelamah (Abia state) – Minister of Industry and Trade.

12:21: Anthony Gozie Anwuka (Imo state) – State minister of Education.

12:21: Adamu Adamu (Bauchi state) – Minister of Education.

12:20: Khadija Abba Ibrahim (Yobe state) – Minister of State Foreign Affairs.

12:20: Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu state) – Minister of foreign affairs

12:20: Barrister Abubakar Malami (Kebbi state) – Minister of Justice.

12:17: Buhari now reels out the names of ministers and their portfolios.

12:16: Buhari says: “This is another milestone in my administration.”

12:15: Buhari says: “Our new ministers must proceed to work speedily and justify their inclusion.”

12:15: Buhari says: “Government business is now being conducted with transparency and sincerity.”

12:14: Buhari says: “Our commitment to defeat Boko Haram and all the nuisance it constitutes is as strong as ever.” 

12:13: Buhari says: “We are determined to diversify the economy with agriculture to achieve self sufficiency.”

12:12: Buhari says: “We are optimistic that bringing these set of ministers is a step in the right direction.”

12:10: President Buhari now addressing the newly inaugurated ministers.

12:02: They now move to sign the dotted lines before receiving a handshake from President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

12:00: The ministers now move to take the oath of office and oath of allegiance.

11:54: The last batch of ministers to be sworn in include: Aisha Abubakar (Sokoto),  Aisha Alhassan Jummai (Taraba), Khadija Abba Ibrahim (Yobe), Brigadier General Dan Ali (Zamfara).

11:49: The ministers now move to sign the dotted lines before receiving a handshake from President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

11:45:  The ministers now move to take the oath of office and oath of allegiance.

11:39: The next batch of ministers to be sworn in include: Professor Isaac Adewole (Osun), Barrister Adebayo Shittu (Oyo), Barrister Simon Dalong (Plateau), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers)

Rotimi Amaechi

11:34: The ministers now move to sign the dotted lines one after the other on the register which contains signatures of past ministers right from the first republic till present. They will then proceed to receive a presidential handshake from the President Buhari. That was the seventh set of ministers being sworn in.

11:31: The ministers now move to take the oath of office and oath of allegiance.

11:25: Next batch of ministers-designate to be sworn in include: Mallam Ibrahim Jibril (Nasarawa), Hon. Bwari Bawa (Niger), Kemi Adeosun (Ogun), Claudius Daramola (Ondo state).

11:20: They now proceed to sign the dotted lines before receiving a presidential handshake.

11:15: The ministers now move to take the oath of office and oath of allegiance

11:11: The next batch of ministers-designate to be sworn in include: Barrister Abubakar Malami (Kebbi), Barrister James Ocholi (Kogi), Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Kwara), Babatunde Fashola (Lagos).

Lai Mohammed

11:05: They now move to proceed to sign the dotted lines which is followed up with a handshake from President Buhari.

11:03: All four ministers now take the oath of office and oath of allegiance.

10:57: Garba Shehu reels out the names of the next batch of ministers-designate to be sworn in. They are: Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa), Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna), Abdulrahman Dambazau (Kano), Hadi Sirika (Katsina).

10:53: The four ministers now proceed to sign the dotted line which also mandate a signature from the president. Buhari follows up with a handshake to all four ministers. A total of 16 ministers have now be sworn-in.

10:50: All four ministers-designate now taking the oath of office and oath of allegiance.

10:43: The next batch of ministers-designate to be sworn in include: Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu), Amina J. Mohammed (Gombe), Anthony Gozie (Imo)

10:38: The four ministers now proceed to sign the dotted lines which is followed up by a handshake from President Muhammadu Buhari.

10:35: The four ministers now take the oath of office and oath of allegiance.

Dr. Ibe Kachikwu

10:30: The master of the ceremony Garba Shehu now reels out the names of the next batch of ministers-designate to be sworn in. The first is Pastor Usani Usani (Cross River), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu (Delta), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi), Osagie Ehanire (Edo)

10:25: All four ministers now signing the dotted lines as Buhari also adds his signature to the register. He follows up with a quick handshake with all ministers. Eight ministers have now been sworn in.

10:20: All four ministers-designate now taking the oath of office and oath of allegiance.

10:15: The next four of ministers to be sworn in include: Heineiken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa), Adamu Adamu (Bauchi), Audu Ogbeh (Benue), Mustapha Baba Shehuri.

10:10: After taking the oath of office, the first batch of Ministers signs the dotted lines which it’s followed up with a handshake from President Buhari

10:07: The four ministers-designate now taking the oath of office and oath of allegiance.

10:02: Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to President Buhari is presently reading the cvs of the first set of ministers. They are: Okechukwu Enelamah (Abia), Mohammed Bello (Adamawa state), Udo Udoma Egba (Akwa Ibom), Chris Ngige (Anambra)

10:00: All ministers-designate have arrived at the council chambers as Federal executive council inauguration commences.

09: 50: Buhari has also arrived at the Council chambers and is now seated.

09:47: The likes of former governors, Babatunde Fashola, Chris Ngige, Kayode Fayemi have all arrived.

09:45: The ministers-designate have started arriving the Council chambers in Presidential Villa in Abuja for the swearing-in ceremony.

Source: Naij.com

Credit: Nomso Obiajuru, NTA, Channels TV

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