- There have been agitations by Nigerians following the refusal of the presidency to swear in two ministers-designate after their confirmation by the Senate
- Speaking after a Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja, Lai Mohammed said the two ministers-designate would be sworn-in to office
The minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has assured that the country’s two new ministers-designate, Stephen Ocheni and Suleiman Hassan, would be inaugurated in due course.
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NAIJ.com reports that on two occasions, during the Federal executive Council meeting, Nigerians were left disappointed after it became clear that the two would not be sworn in to office.
Mohammed, gave the assurance that the two ministers-designate would be given their portfolios soon.
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Speaking in Abuja after a Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, the minister said: “I can assure you that they will be sworn in in due course.”
He did not respond to when they would be inaugurated or what was hindering their swearing in to office.
In a related development, Lai Mohammed, has said the federal government is institutionalizing the patronage of locally-made products starting with ministries, departments, and agencies.
Speaking in Abuja, on Thursday, May 18, at the National Media Launch of the ‘Buy Made-in-Nigeria’ campaign, Mohammed said: “The federal government is not just paying lip service to this buy made-in-Nigeria. “We have taken concrete steps to actualize it.
“It is true that the Federal Executive Council at one of its meetings resolved that the Bureau of Public Procurement Act must be amended in a manner that will give more emphasis and advantage to made in Nigeria products."
NAIJ.com can report that the newly appointed minister, Ocheni is from Kogi and is to replace the late minister of Satte for Labour, James Ocholi, while Hassan is from Gombe and replaces former minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed who resigned and took up a job as the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations.
They were screened and confirmed by the Senate recently.
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