Ministers-designate to be sworn in on Aug 21 – Independent Observers

Ministers-designate to be sworn in on Aug 21

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By Danladi Al-Hassan

The Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has announced that the ministers for the second term in office of President Muhammadu Buhari will be sworn in on Wednesday, August 21.

Babatunde Lawal, the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs Office, in a statement, said a two-day induction for the new ministers will hold on August 19 and 20. The retreat was earlier scheduled for August 15 and 16.

Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the Government of the Federation, had on August 2 invited the ministers-designate to pick up relevant documents for their study and guidance, preparatory to the inauguration of the Cabinet.

The documents include Status Report on Policies, Programmes and Projects; the 2019-2023 Road Map, FEC Handbook, among others.

Mustapha had also requested the new ministers to submit to his office their updated curriculum vitae in soft and hard copies as well as any valid identification document.

President Buhari had on July 23 sent in the list of 43 ministers from the 36 states and Abuja to the Senate for screening.

Names on the list include Babatunde Fashola, former Minister of Power, Works and Housing;  Senator Godswill Akpabio, former Akwa Ibom State governor; Senator Gbemisola Saraki; and Festus Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

 The appointments were made across the six geopolitical zones.

The nominees were cleared by the Senate last week.

Below is the statement on the swearing-in of the ministers:

Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation

Announcement on Induction retreat and swearing-in programme for ministers-designate

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, invites all ministers-designate, head of the civil service of the federation, federal permanent secretaries and top government functionaries (specifically invited) to a 2-day induction retreat to be presided over by His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the retreat earlier publicized has been rescheduled as follows:

Date: Monday, 19th – Tuesday, 20th August, 2019

Time: 9:00am daily

Venue: State House Conference Centre, Presidential Villa, Abuja

The objectives of the retreat include the following:

1. Build a strong platform for synergy and teamwork

2. Sensitize appointees on the status of the implementation of policies, programmes and projects of government from 2015-date

– acquaint the appointees with the roadmap for delivery of government’s priorities and next level agenda (2019-2023)

– deepen the understanding of participants on best practices in conducting government business

The swearing-in of all ministers-designate by the president shall hold as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 21st August, 2019

Time: 11:00am

Venue: Federal Executive Council Chambers, Presidential Villa, Abuja

Attendance at both events is mandatory and strictly by invitation.

Announcer

Babatunde Lawal

Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs Office

Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation

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