Obanikoro Emerges Minister Of State 2 For Foreign Affairs

Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has emerged as the Minister of State 2 for Foreign Affairs.

This followed the inauguration of new ministers by President Goodluck Jonathan shortly before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

By this designation, Obanikoro will be in charge of African Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The new ministers and their portfolios are: Senator Patricia Akwashiki (Information); Prof. Nicholas Ada (State, Foreign Affairs I); Senator Musiliu Obanikoro (State, Foreign Affairs II); retired Colonel Augustine Akobundu (State, Defence); Fidelis Nwankwo (State, Health); Hauwa Bappa (State, Niger Delta Affairs); Kenneth Kobani (State, Industry, Trade and Investment); and Senator Joel Ikeya (Labour and Productivity).

Jonathan also named the Minister of State for Health, Khaliru Alhassan, as the Minister of Health.

Alhassan has been acting as Supervising Minister of Health since Prof. Onyebuchi Ckukwu resigned in 2014 to seek the governorship seat in Ebonyi State.

The eight nominees were cleared by the Senate last week for ministerial positions. Our earlier story: Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has emerged as the Minister of State 2 for Foreign Affairs.

This followed the inauguration of new ministers by President Goodluck Jonathan shortly before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.
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By this designation, Obanikoro will be in charge of African Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affiars.

Before press time, Senator Patricia Akwashiki had also been inaugurated. Akwashiki will oversee the Ministry of Information.

Eight nominees were cleared by the Senate last week for ministerial positions. More details in the course of the day.

Author: News Editor

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