President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday filled the void created by seven ministers, who resigned their appointment from his government last week. Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed, the Minister of State II, for Foreign Affairs, who was named Supervising Minister of Information, disclosed this at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting.
Mohammed stated that ministers appointed to supervise other ministries are to act in the capacity until substantive ministers would be named. Dr. Nurudeen replaces Labaran Maku, as minister of information, Minister of State I, Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, now Minister of State; Education replaces Nyesom Wike. Minister of Special Duties, Taminu Turaki Minister of Labour and Productivity takes over from Emeka Wogu. Minister of Defence, Alhaji Aliyu Guasu, would combine his duties with those of the Minister of State, Defence following the resignation of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro. Also, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Stephen Oru, will combine his responsibilities with those of the Minister of State, Defence vacated by Dr. Darius Ishaku.
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, will combine his duties with those of the Minister of State vacated by Samuel Ortom.