B-R-E-A-K-I-N-G: Reprieve As Tinubu Reassigns Engr Momoh To Niger Delta Ministry 

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

LESS than 48 hours after leaders from the Niger Delta region cried out over the possible scrapping of the Ministry of Niger Delta, President Bola Tinubu has approved the reassignment of some of the ministers-desigbate billed for inauguration Monday August 21 in Abuja.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity) on Sunday.

Recall that on Friday evening arising from an emergency meeting in Abuja, the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) had, in a communique, called on the president not to scrap the Ministry of the Niger Delta as it was not assigned to any ministers-designate announced during the week

Ngelale, in the statement, said Engr. Abubakar Momoh from the Federal Ministry of Youth has been redeployed to the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Development, while the Federal Ministry of Youth is to be re-assigned to a Minister-Designate soon.

According to him, the Ministers-Designate allocated to the Federal Ministries of Transportation, Interior, and Marine & Blue Economy have been reshuffled as follows:

(A) H.E. Adegboyega Oyetola is redeployed as the Honourable Minister of Marine & Blue Economy

(B) Hon. Bunmi Tunji-Ojo is redeployed as the Honourable Minister of Interior

(C) Hon. Sa’idu Alkali is redeployed as the Honourable Minister of Transportation

Furthermore, both Ministers of State in the Oil & Gas sector are now domiciled in the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources with the following designations:

(i) Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri is the Hon. Minister of State (Oil), Petroleum Resources

(ii) Hon. Ekperipe Ekpo is the Hon. Minister of State (Gas), Petroleum Resources

The President approves the renaming of the Federal Ministry of Environment and Ecological Management as the Federal Ministry of Environment.

All aforementioned changes take immediate effect by these directives of the President.

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