Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has finally sworn in the two waiting ministers who were screened and confirmed by the National Assembly in May this year.
The brief ceremony which held at the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting inside the Council Chambers, ended the wait for Stephen Ocheni (Kogi) and Suleiman Hassan (Gombe) whore were screened and confirmed by the Senate in May .
Ocheni is supposed to fill the slot of the late James Ocholi who died in an auto crash last year. Hassan on the other hand is to fill the slot of Amina Mohammed who left to become the Secretary General of the United Nations early this year.
In his remarks shortly after the two ministers took their oath of office, Osinbajo told them that there was no time for celebration as they were expected to join and sit through the Council’s meeting. He also said their portfolios will be announced shortly.
Stating that FEC is committed to executing the far reaching recovery programme as contained in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP). He charged the ministers to join in the herculean task of salvaging the nation’s economy.
“The federal executive council is one that is committed to the very far reaching and reform Programme of this government. That reform Programme is contained in our Economic Recovery and Road Plan. We have focus our attention on key areas of that economic recovery plan and we believe those key areas are things that need to be done to make a difference in the Nigerian economy and in the lives of Nigerians.
“Time and time again we have continued to emphasis the need for ministers to pay particular attention to all the areas that we have highlighted in the economic plan.
“The President Muhammadu Buhari decided to task ministers with specific functions and so we expect our new ministers to be part of this Herculean task in turning around the Nigerian economy and making live better for the citizens” he said.
The Acting President also said besides the ERGP, the council and the Muhammadu Buhari administration had its focus on security and corruption.
“Of course you know that aside from the economy we have two key areas highlighted by the president during the course of the campaigns and have become center pieces of our administration Programme – security and the anti-corruption fight.
“We expect that members of the federal executive council will focus on these key areas as well. We have of course made tremendous progress in security, we have issues and challenges here and there but there are compared to where we are coming from very minor indeed and we are tackling them on a day by day basis.
“On the anti corruption fight, we are focused we believe that the primary thing is for those of us who have the privilege of serving to ensure that by our own point and actions we support the anti corruption fight and also that our conducts will be exemplary so that we will show by practice not just by words that we are determined to ensure that this country is run by a good government. And where there is honesty and integrity service will be delivered”.
Congratulating the ministers Osinbajo told them that the only reward “is more hard work and I wish you the best as minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.