Nigeria`s Prez submits 34 names for new cabinet

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.

PTI



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

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