Know Your Ministers | Full Lists of Buhari’s NextLevel Officers and Job Description

President Buhari assigned portfolios to Next Level Ministers, he urged them to work collaboratively and purposefully. The following ministers are those who would work with him for his second term in office.

Minister of Niger Delta- Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio

Minister of Mines and Steel Development- Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah, Abia State. Ogah is a Nigerian oil magnate, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He is the President of Master Energy Group, a conglomerate with over 15 subsidiaries and interests across a variety of industries. Ogah holds the Nigerian national honor, the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).

Minister of Education- Adamu Adamu (Bauchi). An accountant, writer, former journalist. he was first appointed minister by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 2015, along with 35 others, when the president made his first major appointments.

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Minister of Environment (State)- Dr. Sharon Ikeazor

Sharon was born into the family of Chief Chimezie Ikeazor SAN of Obosi,
Anambra State, the founder of the Legal Aid for the Poor Scheme in Nigeria. In her career she worked with International Oil Companies, International Consulting and Engineering Firms, and rose to become the Senior Vice President of an International Consulting Firm.

In January 2011 she joined politics in Nigeria and contested and won the post of the National Woman Leader of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). After the merger of three political parties in 2013, she emerged the
Interim National Woman Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Minister of Labor and Employment- Dr. Chris Ngige

Ngige was governor of Anambra State from 29 May 2003 to 17 March 2006 under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Chris Ngige is currently a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He was elected Senator for Anambra Central Constituency in April 2011.

Minister of FCT- Muhammed Musa Bello

Musa Bello is an expert in banking, industry, business, and public service, he was at various times in charge of credit and marketing at the ICON Merchant Bank Plc and later a Director at Habib Bank Plc and several other top ranking firms.

He was Managing Director of the Bakabure Industrial Complex, Yola. He also has been member of several sub-committees of the defunct Technical Committee on Privatization and Commercialization (TCPC). He has been very active in the promotion of enterprise and commerce in Adamawa State, and played an active role as an official of the Adamawa Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ACCIMA).

Minister of Defence- Bashir Magaji

Minister of State Works and Housing- Abubakar Aliyu

Minister of FCT (State) – Ramatu Tijjani

She was the National Woman Leader of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) later All Progressive Congress (APC) after the party and other political parties merged (2014 – 2018). She has supported the incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari during his presidential campaigns, she criticized the opposition candidate in 2019 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of not bringing anything important to the development of the country while he was the vice president of Nigeria, and called on Nigerians not to expect anything from him as he has nothing to offer again. She was previously elected the president of the Council of African Political Parties.

Minister of Youth and Sports – Sunday Dare

Sunday Dare has over two decades of journalism experience spanning over 25 years before 2016 when he was appointed as Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) where he is charged with the responsibility of managing the NCC’s interface with public and private sector stakeholders

Minister of Interior- Engr, Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola

He was Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure when he ran for election in April 2007 in the Action Congress (political party) and two-term governor of Osun State. He will superintend over some of the nation’s paramilitary services namely; the Federal Fire Service, Nigerian Prisons Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Nigeria Immigration Service. Unlike in the recent past where his immediate predecessor Abdulrahman Dambazau also partially supervised the Nigerian Police Force, there is now a Ministry of Police Affairs as it was in the past.

Minister of Health, State- Adeleke Mamora

Minister of Transportation- Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi

The fifth Governor of Rivers State from 2007 to 2015. Amaechi was a member of the People’s Democratic Party before defecting to the All Progressives Congress on 27 November 2013. He is now a serving Federal Minister of Transportation. He is also the director general of Buhari reelection campaign

Minister of Police Affairs- Mohammed Maigari Dangyadi

Minister of Women Affairs- Dame Pauline Tallen

Tellen political career started in 1976, when she was the clerical officer at Shendam local government council, then later ministry of local government affairs. In 2011, she joined Labour Party (Nigeria), then contested in the gubernatorial election of the state. By 1994, she was made a councillor in Plateau State. She was made commissioner in the state by the military government between 1994 and 1999.

In 1999, she was appointed Minister of state for science and technology, becoming the first woman to be appointed as a minister in that capacity by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.

Tallen’s son took her to court for disrupting his freedom of expression and movement in 2013.

Minister of Power- Goddy Jedy-Agba

Nigerian bureaucrat, politician, farmer, author and former Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC). Born into a royal family in Obudu in the year 1958 by HRH Uti J.D. Agba, the paramount ruler from Obudu, Cross Rivers state. According to Thisday newspaper, “Agba is the first son of HRH Uti J.D. Agba, the paramount ruler of Obudu Area Council reputed to be the longest serving traditional ruler in Cross River State.

Minister of Niger Delta (State) – Festus Keyamo

He began his legal career in 1993 at Gani Fawehinmi‘s Chambers in Lagos State. After he spent two years at Gani Fawehinmi’s chambers, he left to establish Festus Keyamo Chambers.

He was counsel to the leader of the Niger-Delta Peoples’ Volunteer Force, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari in his trial for treasonable felony and lead counsel in the treason trial of Ralph Uwazuruike, the leader of the Movement For The Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB). Keyamo was also a counsel in the murder of Bola Ige. In 2008, he took the Federal Government of Nigeria to court over illegal appointments of service chiefs

Minister of Science and Technology- Ogbonnaya Onu

Ogbonnaya Onu started his political Career as an aspirant for a Senatorial seat in the old Imo State on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN). He contested for the position of Governor of Abia State in 1991 under the umbrella of the National Republican Convention and won. He was sworn in as the first Executive Governor of the State on January 1992. He was the first Chairman, Conference of Nigerian elected Governors. In 1999, he was the Presidential flag bearer for the All People’s Party but relinquished the position to Chief Olu Falae after a merger of his party with the Alliance for Democracy who lost to Olusegun Obasanjo of the PDP. He became the National Party Chairman of the All Nigerian People’s Party 2010. In November 2015, he was appointed Minister of Science and Technology by President Muhammadu Buhari. on 21st August, 2019, He was sworn in again as Minister of Science and Technology by President Muhammadu Buhari

Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment (State)- Maryam Yalwaji Katagum

She started her professional career with her National Youth Service, at the Water Board, Jos. From 1977 – 1981, she was a Senior Education Officer at the Federal Government College, Azare, and, from 1981 to 1984, served at the Federal Scholarship Board, Lagos. She was appointed Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO on 1st June 2009 and assumed duty on 26th August 2009. And nominated to serve in the Federal Executive Council by President Muhammad Buhari on 23rd July, 2019.

Minister of Petroleum (State)- Timipre Silva

As a candidate of the People’s Democratic Party Sylva won the Bayelsan gubernatorial election on May 29, 2007 and succeeded Goodluck Jonathan who went on to the position of Vice President. During his inauguration he said that Bayelsa was “the least developed industrially and commercially” of all 36 states.

Sylva’s opponent in the 2007 election, Ebitimi Amgbare of the Action Congress, legally challenged his victory. Although the Bayelsa State Election Petitions Tribunal upheld Sylva’s election, Amgbare took the matter to the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt which overturned the Tribunal’s decision and nullified Sylva’s election on April 15, 2008.

Minister of Health- Dr. Osagie Ehanire

A surgeon who holds a medical degree from the College of Medicine, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany. He also holds post-graduate diplomas from the teaching hospital of the University of Düsseldorf and Essen, Germany in the areas of Anaesthesiology, general surgery, and orthopaedic trauma surgery. He has served on various boards both within and outside Nigeria, including Chair of the Board of Trustees of the TY Danjuma Foundation. Before going into administration, he had an illustrious clinical career – he was Senior Registrar Clinical Instructor, University of Benin Teaching Hospital; Member of the old Bendel and Edo States Hospital Management Board; Consultant Surgeon, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria; Clinical Course instructor, Fracture Internal Fixation course at the BG Accident Hospital, Duisburg, Germany. He co-authored the orthopaedic book “The severely injured limb” edited By John Ackroyd.

Minister of Special Duties – Sen. George Akume

In 1999, george Akume became governor of Benue State and served two four years term. He won elections to represent the people of Benue as a senator for Benue North-West in Nigeria’s senate. Akume was re-elected Senator for Benue North-West in the April 2011 elections, running on the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) platform. He polled 261,726 votes, defeating Terngu Tsegba of the PDP who won 143,354 votes. He was again re-elected to the senate under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015. He is currently the chairman senate committee on army and a ranking member of senate. (Hero of Democracy). Gurgur Japheth is author of the book, “Portrait of a Quiet Revolution”

Minister of Agriculture (State) – Mustapha Baba S.

Minister of Mines and Steel Development – Olamilekan Adegbite

Minister of Labour (State) – Omotayo Alasoadura

Minister of Agiculture- Sabo Nanono

Minister of Budget and National Planning- Clement IK Anade

Minister of Industry, trade and Investment- Otunba Richard Adebayo

Minister of Finance – Zainab Ahmed

Zainab Shamsuna was the immediate past executive secretary and national coordinator of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). She was also a member of the last two NEITI boards, having worked in the NEITI and global EITI.

An accountant by profession with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from ABU Zaria and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), Ahmed, in her biography, says she has “extensive knowledge and diverse experience in public sector reform and management.”

Upon graduation, Ahmed was employed in 1982 as an Accountant II in the Main Accounts of Ministry of Finance in Kaduna State and was promoted to Accountant I in March 1984, but resigned in 1985 to join NITEL. Earlier, she had done her National Youth Service in Kaduna State in 1981/1982 where she was posted for primary assignment to Messrs. Egunjobi Suleiman & Co. Chartered Accountants, and served as an Audit Trainee.

Ahmed has served the Nigerian public in various high ranking positions, including as managing director of the Kaduna State of Nigeria’s investment company, and also the Chief Finance Officer of the Nigeria mobile telecommunications company. As Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Zainab bags new degree from PMB School of governance on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Minister of Foreign Affairs- Geoffrey Onyema

Onyeama began his career as a Research Officer in the Nigerian Law Reform Commission Lagos from 1983 to 1984. He then worked as a lawyer with Mogboh and Associates in Enugu, from 1984 to 1985. In 1985, he joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as an Assistant Programme Officer for Development Cooperation and External Relations, Bureau for Africa and Western Asia. He rose through the ranks at the WIPO to become Deputy Director General for the Development Sector in 2009. In November 2015 he was appointed Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Minister of Communication- Ali Isa Pantami

Pantami lectured at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Information Technology before joining the Islamic University of Madinah as Head of Technical Writing in 2014. In 2016, he was appointed as the Director General/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).He was confirmed by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of 13 newly appointed chief executives for 13 government agencies. His directive for NITDA upon employment was to develop the ICT infrastructure in the North East in the aftermath of the destruction caused by Boko Haram insurgency

Minister of Water Resources- Engr. Suleiman Adamu

Minister of Education- Emeka Nwajiuba

He was called to the Nigerian bar in 1989, after pursuing his LLM at University of Lagos and PhD at the University of Jos, respectively.

He had served as House of Representatives committee chairman on Land, Housing and works from 1999 to 2003 before contesting Imo governorship on the platform of APP in 2003, 2007 and as CPC candidate in 2011.

He was secretary of the Constitution Drafting Committee that produced the Constitution of the merger committee to form the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2013.

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