In a move that was expected to herald a fresh era of governance, President Bola Tinubu has finally unveiled the portfolios of 21 out of the 45 confirmed ministerial nominees. The list, which has generated a mixed reaction across the nation, paints a picture of a cabinet that is a blend of political veterans, resulting in a lot of skepticism about the future.
However, as the dust settles, revelations of concerning aspects of the selection process are emerging. Many of the appointed ministers have been labeled as career politicians, and cynics suggest that their appointments are more about compensating their roles in the last election rather than being driven by a commitment to deliver on the nation’s challenges. This revelation has raised concerns among Nigerians who had hoped for a transformative shift in the country’s leadership.
Disturbingly, there have been reports of money exchanging hands during the appointment process, as some appointees allegedly lobbied for specific portfolios. This disturbing trend has cast a shadow over the otherwise anticipated announcement, prompting questions about the transparency and integrity of the selection process. The emergence of these claims threatens to undermine the credibility of the new government before it even gets fully underway.
However, the timing of the ministerial unveiling has not gone unnoticed. The announcement, coming more than 70 days after President Tinubu’s inauguration, has left many Nigerians disillusioned. Expectations were high for a cabinet that would signify a departure from previous administrations, characterized by inefficiency, corruption, and inadequate governance. But with the unveiled list comprising several individuals entrenched in the political sphere, a sense of deja vu has settled in.
Amidst this backdrop, skepticism looms large. Many Nigerians fear that the new government will be a continuation of business as usual, perpetuating a cycle of lackluster governance and unfulfilled promises. The perceived lack of fresh faces and new perspectives within the cabinet has left citizens questioning whether the nation is indeed on the cusp of transformative change or whether it’s destined for more of the same.
As President Tinubu’s administration sets sail with this cabinet, it faces the uphill task of overcoming skepticism and proving its commitment to a brighter future for Nigeria. The unveiling of ministerial portfolios is just the beginning, and the government’s actions in the coming months will be closely scrutinized by a populace that is hungry for genuine change. Whether the administration can dispel the growing disillusionment and deliver on its promises remains to be seen.
Portfolios that have been unveiled are as follows:
- Bosun Tijani: Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy
- Ishak Salaco: Minister of State, Environment and Ecological Management
- Wale Edun: Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy
- Bunmi Tunji: Minister of Marine and Blue Economy
- Adedayo Adelabu: Minister of Power
- Tunisia Alausa: Minister of State, Health and Social Welfare
- Dele Alake: Minister of Solid Minerals Development
- Lola Ade-John: Minister of Tourism
- Adegboyega Oyetola: Minister of Transportation
- Doris Anite: Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment
- Uche Nnaji: Minister of Innovation Science and Technology
- Nkiruka Onyejeocha: Minister of State, Labour and Employment
- Uju Kennedy: Minister of Women Affairs
- David Umahi: Minister of Works
- Festus Keyamo: Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development
- Abubakar Momoh: Minister of Youth
- Betta Edu: Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation
- Ekperikpe Ekpo: Minister of State, Gas Resources
- Heineken Lokpobiri: Minister of State, Petroleum Resources
- John Enoh: Minister of Sports Development
- Nyesom Wike: Minister of Federal Capital Territory