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Tinubu tells Ministers: Turn back the public’s trust in the government.



On Monday, President Bola Tinubu gave the just sworn-in Ministers instructions to uphold honesty and transparency in government service and to rebuild public confidence.

After the 45 Ministers took the oath of office at the Presidential Villa’s Old Banquet Hall in Abuja, the President delivered the charge in his remarks.

With all other Nigerians in the car as conductors and President Tinubu in the driver’s seat, the assignment began right away, according to the President.

He urged them to carry out their duties to live up to the expectations of Nigerians, promising to hold them accountable for doing so.

The Ministers were instructed by President Tinubu to serve Nigerians, not their respective states or areas.

“The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has screened and confirmed 45 ministers who will oversee the ministries of federal government in this administration of renewed hope,” he declared, in accordance with the Senate’s constitutional obligations.

“I have carefully chosen the men and women who have been sworn in based on their proven track record of brilliance and accomplishment in both the public and private sectors.

“They embodied the diversity of Nigeria and brought a wide range of experience and knowledge to their new position to aid in directing the country’s affairs. They also continued to reconstruct the country and restructure all of our financial systems and flaws, which are the cornerstones of Nigeria both now and in the future.

My fellow Nigerians, the obstacles we confront now are really difficult. Yes, even in the face of this obvious obstacle, we still have the chance to carry out long overdue changes that will enhance government operations, revolutionize our country’s economy, and guarantee the safety, prosperity, and peace of our people.

These are the goals that the agenda for fresh hope is based on. And it was with these goals in mind that many of these honorable ladies and gentlemen ministers were chosen.

You are ministers of the federal republic, not ministers of a certain state or region.

“Since taking office on May 29, I have started carrying out the program for which I ran for office and for which the Nigerian people have given me their mandate. With today’s inauguration of ministers, we are poised to further our governing endeavors and show Nigerians our highest goal. The key is having an excellent team. And I think we have them in this room.

Being appointed to a position as a minister in our dear Republic’s Federal Executive Council is the greatest honor. Such great honor carries a great deal of responsibility. In this time of both great potential and equal parts of failure.

“Everyone who took the oath of office has been asked to set themselves apart. You are known to me. Although I assign this responsibility, the majority of Nigerians have high expectations for openness, accountability, and delivery.

“I count on you to deliver what I’ve asked of you with honor and integrity. I’ll hold you to the expectation that all of us Nigerians made.

“Your assignment starts right now. In light of this call to service, your country honors you today, and it is up to each of you to work toward earning the respect of God and the people of our country.

“It is your highest duty to rebuild public confidence in the government so that the people of our country can once again have faith that the right people are in charge.” I have faith in you to see the government as a constructive agent of change and a means of advancing our nation as a whole.

Congratulations and salutations from the government of revitalized hope.

I hope you do well on this new task. Even though I am the driver and we are on a boat, all of the Nigerians are seated behind us, observing as you and I drive.

“We have to be accountable to one another. In order to live up to the expectations of every Nigerian, we must do the job.

You are a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, not a minister of any state, colony, area, or ethnic group, as I previously stated. May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria and may He be with you. Thanks so much for that.

Senator Godswill Akpabio, Vice President Kashim Shettima, Speaker of the House Representatives Tajudeen Abass, Deputy Speaker Benjamin Kalu, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Senator George Akume, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, and Governor of Kwara State Abdulaziz Abdulrahman were present at the ceremony.

Five ministers at a time were sworn in. The initial group of individuals included Lateef Fagbemi, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice; Nkiruka Onyejeocha, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment; Ekperikpe Ekpo, the Minister of State Gas in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources; Uju Kennedy, the Minister of Women Affairs; and Tahir Maman, the Minister of Education.

Ministers Ali Pate, Yusuf Tuggar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heineken Lokpobiri, Minister of Petroleum Resources, Joseph Utsev, Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, and Abubakar Kyari, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, were the second group to take the oath of office.

The third group of individuals included Ministers Betta Edu of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, John Enoh of Sports Development, Festus Keyamo of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Dave Umahi of Works, and Abubakar Momoh of Niger Delta Development.

Ministers Dele Alake of Solid Minerals Development, Uche Nnaji of Innovation, Science and Technology, Alkali Sa’id of Transportation, Doris Anite of Industry, Trade and Investment, and Mohammed Badaru of Defense make up the fourth batch.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister of State Mariya Mahmud, Minister of State Housing and Urban Development Abdullahi Gwarzo, Minister of Housing and Urban Development Ahmed Dangiwa, Minister of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy Hannatu Musawa, and Minister of Budget and Economic Planning Atiku Bagudu were all compromised in the fifth batch.

Minister of State for Education Yusuf Sunumu, Minister of Steel Development Shuaibu Audu, Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare Tunji Alausa, Minister of Tourism Lola Ade-John, and Minister of State Police Affairs Imaan Sulaiman- Ibrahim were the sixth group of ministers to take the oath of office.

Ministers Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi of Agriculture and Food Security, Muhammad Idris of Information and National Orientation, Ishak Salako of State Environment, Wale Edun of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, and Bosun Tijani of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy made up the seventh batch.

The eight group of ministers were Simon Lalong, the minister of labor and employment, Adegboyega Oyetola, the minister of power, Bunmi Tunji-Ojo, the minister of interior, Adedayo Adelabu, and Nyesome Wike, the minister of the federal capital territory (FCT).

Minister Bello Goronyo, Minister of State for Water Resources and Sanitation, Maigari Ahmadu, Minister of State for Steel Development, Ibrahim Geidam, Minister of Police Affairs, Bello Matawalle, Minister of State for Defense, and Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs Zephaniah Jisalo were the nine ministers to take the oath of office.

Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Advisor to the President on Media and Publicity, presided over the ceremony as master of ceremonies.

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