JUST IN: Tinubu bows to pressure names minister for Niger Delta, reshuffles porfolio allocations

After so much reactions from Nigerians, Tinubu has appointed new minister for Niger Delta.

Abubakar Momoh, who had previously been named the Youth Minister-Designate, will now serve as the Minister of the Niger Delta, according to a statement released on Sunday and signed by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Ajuri Ngelale.

The message also stated that the President had changed the allocation of some ministries to ministers-designate.

The full statement reads below :

“President Bola Tinubu has approved the redeployment of Engr. Abubakar Momoh from the Federal Ministry of Youth to the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Development.

The Federal Ministry of Youth is to be re-assigned to a Minister-Designate soon.

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.”

It was earlier observed by News24ngr that Tinubu had left out the Niger Delta Ministry in the allocation of portfolios to the new ministers, which sparks concern from the oil producing region.

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