Tinubu Swears in New Ministers as FEC Meets Today

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President Bola Tinubu will be swearing in three additional ministers into his 48-person cabinet today. An anonymous senior official in the Presidency, confirmed this, and said that the three new ministers will be sworn into office at the Council Chamber of the State House before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting.

The FEC meeting on Monday is the second since Tinubu’s inauguration as President on May 29. Report has it that the Council has not met since the inaugural meeting on August 28. A week earlier, on August 21, Tinubu swore in, and inaugurated 45 ministers.

The three new ministers to be sworn in are Jamila Bio, Ayodele Olawande and Balarabe Lawal from Kaduna State. Bio and Olawande will be sworn in as the Minister of Youth and the Minister of State for Youth, respectively.

Lawal from Kaduna State on the other hand is to replace a former Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, whose ministerial nomination was rejected by the Senate. He served as Secretary to the Kaduna State Government under El-Rufai’s administration.

These three new ministers have been screened and confirmed by the Senate, following a letter by Tinubu on October 4.

The anonymous official said, “There will be a FEC meeting at 12pm tomorrow (Monday) and all three of them—Bio, Olawande and Lawal—will take the oath before the meeting starts proper.”

Article 144 (5) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) recognises the “Executive Council of the Federation” (the Federal Executive Council) as the “body of Ministers of the Government of the Federation, howsoever called, established by the President, and charged with such responsibilities for the functions of government as the President may direct.”

The Council has the sole responsibility to formulate policies, execute government projects, and help the President in carrying out his executive functions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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