Nigeria`s Prez submits 34 names for new cabinet
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 23:01
Abuja: Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has submitted a list of 34 persons, including 13 ministers from his last cabinet for approval before the country's senate.

Several ministers in his last cabinet were nominated again to serve in the present dispensation which started on May 29 after Jonathan won presidential polls on April 16.

He returned former petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke and former finance minister Olusegun Aganga, who once served as managing director of European based investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Newspapers reported here that World Bank managing director, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will be included in new cabinet but her name is yet to be seen on the list.

At present, 13 ministers who worked with the president before the elections were presented again for the Senates vetting and they're expected to be present at the upper law making chamber of the oil rich African country to answer questions from the Senators.

Nigeria held a nationwide election in April where the president, governors and lawmakers were chosen in the first biometric elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since 1999 when the country dumped military rule and returned to civil democracy.

Jonathan's new team would be confronted by high expectation from the 150 million citizens which include revamping of poor power supply, keeping the economy on track, fighting corruption, creating employment and security concerns resuscitated by new wave of Islamic sect attacks in northern Nigeria.


First Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 23:01

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