When President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office on Friday, May 29, 2015, he promised Nigerians that he will appoint the best hands in the country as his ministers. On November 11, 2015 the president inaugurated 36 ministers to man 24 federal ministries. Some of the ministers have however been able to make a mark. They have managed to achieve something in the time they have spent in office, though not as much as Nigerians expect.
We have made a list of 6 ministers who have made a mark in the year 2016:
1. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu – State Minister Petroleum resources
Kachikwu brought transparency and accountability to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Nigeria’s oil and gas sector and also introduced the downstream liberalization regime which sanitized the fuel supply and distribution matrix.
2. Babatubde Fashola – Minister of Power, Works and Housing
Fashola came under attack severally for power supply while being nicknamed, ‘minister of darkness’ but in February, the generating capacity of power rose to 5,074 MW, the highest Nigeria has ever generated in the 63 years (1950-2013) of government’s monopoly of the sector. Under Fashola’s administration there has been rehabilitation of some major roads. They include Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Onitsha-Asaba-Benin road, Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani road, Birnin Gwari-Kaduna road, Kano-Western Bye-pass, Kano-Potiskum-Damaturu-Maiduguri Expressway, Kano-Katsina Road, Port Harcourt-Enugu Expressway etc.
3. Lai Mohammed – Minister of Information
The information minister initiated the “Change Begins With Me” programme to change the attitude of Nigerians for better and sanitise the society. Mohammed has also been credited for initiating town hall meetings for citizen’s feedback and starting the federal government app. This app will bridge the information gap between the government and the people. It help Nigerians know what the government is doing real time.
4. Amina Mohammed – Minister of Environment
One of the major achievements of the minister of environment is commencing the Clean-up of the Ogoni environment in line with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recommendations. The minister of environment also addressed lead poisoning in the north.
5. Geoffrey Onyeama- Minister of Foreign Affairs
Onyema secured the release of Nigerians detained in Turkey. The Nigerians, mainly students, were alleged to be connected with the failed coup in the country in July. His excellent relations with neighbouring countries helped to combat and degrade terrorism in Nigeria
6. Abubakar Malami- Minister of Justice
Corruption is being fought like never before. It is no longer business as usual as several people who thought they were ‘untouchable’ and above the law are now being prosecuted.
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