Nigeria's president names cabinet

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Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua has announced his cabinet, almost three months after he was elected.

Four members from his predecessor’s administration have been given key positions, suggesting Olusegun Obasanjo will still be influential.

In the new line-up, the president will double as energy minister just like Mr Obasanjo did before him.

This will make Mr Yar’Adua responsible for Nigeria’s petroleum industry and its troubled power sector.

Some leaders of the governing People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have also been rewarded with key ministerial jobs, ostensibly, for their roles in the party’s landslide win in April’s polls.

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2 Responses to “Nigeria's president names cabinet”

  1. Dominic says:

    Obasanjo and Atiku wasted their first term running government with politicians. It is amazing that Y’Adua should be repeating the exact same mistake. Where are the technocrats? Does Y’Adua expect serious perfomance from this band of politicians?

    Instead of building on top of the people that made things happen under the last government, Y’Adua choose to start afresh; Akunyili is no good because, Alhaji Dangote said so; El Rufai is no good because, some other people say so; Bode Augusto is not competent for the job because, he is "arrogant", or because the northern elite want the finance ministry.

    And why, pray, is Y’Adua doubling as energy minister? What exactly does that mean, and how is he going to do a good job with it when he is also busy running a million and one other things? If Y’Adua is serious about fixing the power and petroleum sector, he should have given the energy portfolio to a proven no-nonsense individual, such as El Rufai. Give total political support, and federal might, to the energy minister, and let the folks at NEPA, and the folks who shut down refineries, slug it out with El Rufai.

    Nigeria is seriously sick, and this kind of laid-back cabinet is not what we need at this point.

  2. Dominic says:

    It is amazing that the senate would drop Augusto. He was pretty much the only one who was seriously interviewed by the senate, and as far as I can tell, the most competent person in that cabinet list. A senate that approves a candidate on grounds of "widowhood" and drops another on account of "arrogance" … whatever the hell that means … cannot expect to be taken seriously.

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