May 13, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari will appoint ten new Ministers ‘without delay’ to fill the vacuum left by cabinet members who resigned to contest elections in the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) holding this month, Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, told state house correspondents in a briefing.
The president Friday held a valedictory session for the departing Ministers inside the state house.
Rotimi Amaechi (Transport), Chris Ngige (Labour and Employment), Paullen Tallen (Women Affairs), Godswill Akpabio (Niger Delta Affairs), Abubakar Malami (Justice Minister), Ogbonnaya Onu (Science and Technology), Tayo Alasoadura (Niger Delta), Uche Ogar (Mines and Steel) and Timipre Sylva (Petroleum) resigned their appointments and attended the session. The Minister of State (Education), Emeka Nwajiuba, who had earlier tendered his resignation, was not present at the valedictory session.
Mr Mohammed said the President thanked the Ministers for their service and wished them success in their aspirations.
“You will recall that on Wednesday, Mr. President directed and I informed you that all Ministers and other political appointees who aspire to contest for elective offices in 2023 general elections, should resign their current appointments.
“This morning, there was a valedictory service for 10 members of the Federal Council who have indicated their desire to aspire for higher offices. Nine of them were present, the 10th was absent with an apology.
“Mr. President used the occasion to thank the outgoing members of cabinet for their sacrifices and services. The President also in addition to wishing them success in their endeavour, also expressed the confidence that given the expertise, the experience and what they must have garnered during their years in office, they like other aspirants are fully equipped to run the affairs of the state.
“Of course, Mr. President also admonished the remaining members of the Cabinet that the journey is still far. And they should all redouble their efforts, be more diligent and be more committed to the success of the administration. “At the end of which the outgoing ministers had a group photograph with Mr president and also with the chief of staff and the secretary to the government of the federation,” Mr. Mohammed said.