Friday, March 19, 2010

The New Ministers: my Federal Executive Council

With the news of the sack of all the Ministers in Nigeria, our people dared to hope, again, for better. I dared to draw up a list of my dream team.


AGRICULTURE AND WATER RESOURCES - Mu'Azu, former Governor of Bauchi State.
COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY - Ernest Ndukwe, outgoing National Communications Commission chief.
CULTURE AND TOURISM - Duke, former Governor of Cross Rivers State.
DEFENSE - Gusau, newly appointed to the same post by Jonathan.
EDUCATION - Soyinka, our Nobel laureate.
ENVIRONMENT - Amina Moh'd Hassan, former classmate of mine. Give her an executive task...consider it done.
FCT - I don't know. Decide between Aliero, Odom, and Muhtar on merit. (Respectively, the three men are the outgoing minister of Federal Capital Territory, Minister of State for FCT, and Minister of Finance)
FINANCE - Tony Elumelu, recently idle CEO of UBA.
FOREIGN AFFAIRS - Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, bringing sexy back, former Minister of Finance.
HEALTH - Fatima Zara Isa-Modibbo/Iorfa Tor-Anyiin. Both are 26-year old doctors. Fatima was awarded this year for Excellence in Public Service at The Future Nigeria awards. I trust her, even if we've never talked. Iorfa is phenomenal and has a passion for delivering health care to people no matter how rural. Nominated in the same category at The Future.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION - Akunyili. Let her keep talking and rebranding.
JUSTICE - I don't know. Keep Kayode, the one appointed weeks ago?
LABOUR - Pat Utomi. Nigerian economist and presidential candidate.
MINES AND STEEL - El-Rufai, former FCT Governor/Minister, that the impossible (steel production in Nigeria for example) may become possible.
NATIONAL PLANNING - Nuhu Ribadu, former head of Economic and Financial Crimes Comission, EFCC.
NIGER DELTA AFFAIRS - Saro Wiwa, Ken's son. The vision would be to achieve conflict resolution and dissolve this ministry within a year or two.
PETROLEUM RESOURCES - Shamsudeen Usman, economist, former Finance Minister, outgoing National Planning Minister.
POWER - Seke Shomolu, engineer, former chief of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and technical chief at NEPA.
POLICE AFFAIRS - Buhari, former military President and Commander in Chief of Nigeria, presidential candidate, and warrior against indiscipline and corruption.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - Fakinlede, my Head of Department at the University of Lagos. Crazy how he gets things done to advance technology education in this funky town.
SPORTS - Frank Nweke, Jnr. , former Minister for Special Duties, current chief of Nigerian Business Forum.
TRANSPORT AND AVIATION - wildcard, award on merit to one of the outgoing ministers.
WOMEN AFFAIRS - Hafsat Abiola-Costello, chairperson of KIND, a women's NGO.
WORKS AND HOUSING - Fashola, current governor of Lagos State. Yes o!
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT - Femi Falana, civil rights lawyer.
INTERIOR - Maryam Uwais, lawyer, on the Presidential Advisory Council.
SPECIAL DUTIES - Victoria Ezeokoli, former NTA Director.

Note: If there's a Minister, what is the need for a "Minister of State" with the same portfolio? I ended up with at most 27 ministers, down from 40. It was reported that the President Jonathan is considering cutting down from 40 to 30. Right direction, Prez.


t said...

Also in the news: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Anonymous said...

You cant possibly put Aliero back at FCT, all he is doing is recouping the funds he spent to get made minister. On of the other two may be better. At Information, Akuyili is a misfit, she needs to be where she can be more effective. I would rather put Falana at Justice, and Captain Dele Ore at Aviation (he was formerly of Nigeria Airways)

Anyaposh said...

I don't think we need big names in this cabinet. We need a special breed of Nigerians; the Diamonds in the rough. Aliero cannot return to the FCT. He has made a mess of things.

Taiwo said...

i totally agree that akunyili needs to be put where she can be more effective. I think they should make her IG of Police.


Who write this? Femi Falana an old man for Youth and Development? Elumelu for Finance?, Iweala for Foreign Affairs? Zara for Minister of Health? I take this to be a joke...ha ha ha

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