Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday in Abuja swore-in
two new ministers, Stephen Ocheni from Kogi state and Suleiman
Hassan from Gombe state as members of the Federal Executive
Speaking at the event, Osinbajo challenged the new ministers to
actively participate in the task of turning around the nation’s
economy and making life better for all Nigerians.
He stated that the Federal Executive Council was committed to
implementing its far-reaching reform programmes as contained in
the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan and other such
“We have focused our intention on key areas of that economic
reform programme and those key areas have become really what
we believed need to be done to make a difference in the Nigerian
economy and in the life and livelihoods of Nigerians
“So, we expect that our new ministers will also join in this
Herculean task of turning around the Nigerian economy and
making life better for the citizens of this country.
“You know aside from economy we have two major areas which of
course as you know were highlighted by the president during the
course of the campaign and after and have become the
centrepieces of our administration’s programmes.
“Security and anti-corruption being the other two aside from the
economy and we expect of course members of the Executive
Council to focus on these key areas as well,’’ he said.
The acting president noted that the administration had recorded
appreciable progress in the area of security in spite of minor
security challenges in some parts of the country.
He, however, assured that the security challenges were being
tackled “on a day-by-day basis’’.
Osinbajo also enjoined the new ministers to join the anti-
“And also our conducts should be exemplary so that we are able
to show by practice not just by words that we are determined to
ensure that this country is where there is good governance and
where there is honesty and integrity in service to the people.’’
It would be recalled that Ocheni and Hassan were confirmed by
the Senate in May.
Ocheni replaces the late Minister of State for Labour, Mr James
Ocholi, who died in a ghastly auto-crash along Kaduna-Abuja
highway in 2016, while Hassan takes the place of Amina
Mohammed resigned as Minister of Environment to take up the job
of Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations