After five months without ministers, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally inaugurated 36 ministers that were recently screened and cleared by the Senate.
The 36 ministers were also given their portfolios as former governor of Lagos state Babatunde Fashola stole the show with his appointment as the new minister of Power, Works and Housing.
The Presidency had earlier confirmed that the inauguration of the ministers will be carried out on Wednesday, November 11.
From a statement released by Femi Adesina, the special adviser on Media and Publicity to the president, it was revealed that the ministersare allowed to invite only two guests for their inauguration.
Just before the commencement of the inaugural session of the council, the ministers took the oaths of office in the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa.
The swearing-in ceremony lasted two hours, 30 minutes. It began promptly at 10:00 hours and ended at exactly 12:30pm.
Naij.com was at the Council chambers. Read the coverage below:
12:30: Master of ceremony Garba Shehu calls for photo session outside the council chamber and ministers and President Buhari oblige to the appeal. That draws the curtain of the swearing-in exercise.
12:30: Osagie Ehanire (Minister of State, Health)
12:29: Aisha Abubakar (State minister for Industry, trade and Investment)
12:29: James Ocholi (State minister of Labour and Employment)
12:28: Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Ministers of Interior)
12:28: Dr Ibe Kachikwu (State minister for petroleum resources). Buhari remains petroleum minister.
12:28: Mustapha Baba Shehuri (State Minister for Power, Works and Housing)
12:28: Heineken Lokpobiri (State minister for Agriculture and Rural Development)
12:28: Claudius Daramola (State minister of Niger Delta)
12:27: Ibrahim Usman (State minister of Environment)
12:27: Engr Suleiman Adamu – (Minister of Water Resources)
12:26: Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed (Minister of State Budget and National Planning)
12:26: Pastor Usani Uguru (Minister of Niger Delta)
12:26: Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan (Minister of Women Affairs)
12:25: Isaac Adewole (Minister of Health)
12:25: Adebayo Shittu (Minister of Communication)
12:25: Lai Mohammed (Minister of Information)
12:25: Masur Maman Dan Ali (Minister of Defence)
12:25: Abdulrahaman Danbazau (Minister of Interior)
12:25: Udoma Udo Udoma (Minister for Budget and National Planning)
12:24: Amina Mohammed (Minister for Environment)
12:24: Hadi Sirika (Minister of Aviation)
12:24: Solomon Dalong (Minister for Youth and Sports)
12:24: Rotimi Amaechi (Minister of Transportation)
12:23: Ogbonnaya Onu (Minister of Science and Technology)
12:23: Audu Ogbeh (Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources)
12:23: Babatunde Raji Fashola (Minister of Power,Works & Housing)
12:23: Muhammadu Bello (Minister of Federal Capital Territory)
12:22: Kemi Adeosun (Minister of Finance)
12:22: Kayode Fayemi (Minister of Solid Minerals)
12:22: Chris Ngige (Minister of Labour and employment)
12:21: Okechukwu Enelamah (Minister of Industry and Trade)
12:21: Anthony Gozie Anwuka (State minister of Education)
12:21: Adamu Adamu (Minister of Education)
12:20: Khadija Abba Ibrahim (Minister of State Foreign Affairs)
12:20: Geoffrey Onyeama (Minister of foreign affairs)
12:20: Barrister Abubakar Malami (Minister of Justice)
12:17: Buhari now reels out the names of ministers and their portfolios.
12:16: Buhari says: “This is another milestone in my administration.”
12:15: Buhari says: “Our new ministers must proceed to work speedily and justify their inclusion.”
12:15: Buhari says: “Government business is now being conducted with transparency and sincerity.”
12:14: Buhari says: “Our commitment to defeat Boko Haram and all the nuisance it constitutes is as strong as ever.”
12:13: Buhari says: “We are determined to diversify the economy with agriculture to achieve self sufficiency.”
12:12: Buhari says: “We are optimistic that bringing these set of ministers is a step in the right direction.”
12:10: President Buhari now addressing the newly inaugurated ministers.
12:02: They now move to sign the dotted lines before receiving a handshake from President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
12:00: The ministers now move to take the oath of office and oath of allegiance.
11:54: The last batch of ministers to be sworn in include: Aisha Abubakar (Sokoto), Aisha Alhassan Jummai (Taraba), Khadija Abba Ibrahim (Yobe), Brigadier General Dan Ali (Zamfara).
11:49: The ministers now move to sign the dotted lines before receiving a handshake from President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
11:45: The ministers now move to take the oath of office and oath of allegiance.
11:31: The ministers now move to take the oath of office and oath of allegiance.
11:25: Next batch of ministers-designate to be sworn in include: Mallam Ibrahim Jibril (Nasarawa), Hon. Bwari Bawa (Niger), Kemi Adeosun (Ogun), Claudius Daramola (Ondo state).
11:20: They now proceed to sign the dotted lines before receiving a presidential handshake.
11:15: The ministers now move to take the oath of office and oath of allegiance.
11:11: The next batch of ministers-designate to be sworn in include: Barrister Abubakar Malami (Kebbi), Barrister James Ocholi (Kogi), Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Kwara), Babatunde Fashola (Lagos).
11:05: They now move to proceed to sign the dotted lines which is followed up with a handshake from President Buhari.
11:03: All four ministers now take the oath of office and oath of allegiance.
10:57: Garba Shehu reels out the names of the next batch of ministers-designate to be sworn in. They are: Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa), Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna), Abdulrahman Dambazau (Kano), Hadi Sirika (Katsina).
10:53: The four ministers now proceed to sign the dotted line which also mandate a signature from the president. Buhari follows up with a handshake to all four ministers. A total of 16 ministers have now be sworn-in.
10:50: All four ministers-designate now taking the oath of office and oath of allegiance.
10:43: The next batch of ministers-designate to be sworn in include: Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu), Amina J. Mohammed (Gombe), Anthony Gozie (Imo)
10:38: The four ministers now proceed to sign the dotted lines which is followed up by a handshake from President Muhammadu Buhari.
10:35: The four ministers now take the oath of office and oath of allegiance.
10:30: The master of the ceremony Garba Shehu now reels out the names of the next batch of ministers-designate to be sworn in. The first is Pastor Usani Usani (Cross River), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu (Delta), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi), Osagie Ehanire (Edo)
10:25: All four ministers now signing the dotted lines as Buhari also adds his signature to the register. He follows up with a quick handshake with all ministers. Eight ministers have now been sworn in.
10:15: The next four of ministers to be sworn in include: Heineiken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa), Adamu Adamu (Bauchi), Audu Ogbeh (Benue), Mustapha Baba Shehuri.
10:10: After taking the oath of office, the first batch of Ministers signs the dotted lines which it’s followed up with a handshake from President Buhari
10:07: The four ministers-designate now taking the oath of office and oath of allegiance.
10:02: Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to President Buhari is presently reading the cvs of the first set of ministers. They are: Okechukwu Enelamah (Abia), Mohammed Bello (Adamawa state), Udo Udoma Egba (Akwa Ibom), Chris Ngige (Anambra)
10:00: All ministers-designate have arrived at the council chambers as Federal executive council inauguration commences.
09: 50: Buhari has also arrived at the Council chambers and is now seated.
09:47: The likes of former governors, Babatunde Fashola, Chris Ngige, Kayode Fayemi have all arrived.
09:45: The ministers-designate have started arriving the Council chambers in Presidential Villa in Abuja for the swearing-in ceremony.
Source: Naij.com news