Cabinet of Nigeria

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The Cabinet of Nigeria is the Executive Branch of the Government of Nigeria. The Cabinet members are appointed by the President and report to the President. The Cabinet currently oversees 24 [1] Federal Ministries, each responsible for some aspect of providing government services, as well as a number of parastatals (government-owned corporations).

The Federal Ministries of Nigeria are civil service departments that are responsible for delivering various types of government service. Each ministry is headed by a Permanent Secretary who reports to a Minister in the Federal Cabinet. Some government functions are provided by "commissions" or parastatals that may be independent or associated with a ministry.

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Relationship to civil service

The ministries and parastatals are staffed by career civil servants. Each is headed by a Permanent Secretary, a senior civil servant appointed by the Head of the Civil Service. The Permanent Secretary is accountable to a Minister, who sits in the Cabinet and reports to the President. The Minister is appointed by the President subject to approval by the Senate and is responsible for policy, while the Permanent Secretary is responsible for implementation of policy. [2]

President of Nigeria Head of state and head of Nigerian government

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the head of state and head of the national executive of Nigeria. The President of Nigeria is also the commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces. The President is elected in national elections which take place every four years. The first President of Nigeria was Nnamdi Azikiwe, who took office on October 1, 1963. The current President, Muhammadu Buhari took office on May 29, 2015 as the 15th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Senate of Nigeria upper house of Nigeria legislature

The Senate is the upper house of the Nigeria's bicameral legislature, the National Assembly of Nigeria. The National Assembly is the nation's highest legislature, whose power to make laws is summarized in chapter one, section four of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution. It consists of 109 senators: the 36 states are each divided in 3 senatorial districts each electing one senator; the Federal Capital Territory elects only one senator.

Ministers and Ministers of State


By convention, there must be one Cabinet member from each of the 36 states in Nigeria, although there are only 19 ministries and at times a Federal minister is responsible for more than one ministry (e.g. Environment and Housing), or the President takes direct control of a key ministry such as Petroleum Resources. To ensure representation from each state, a Minister is often assisted by one or more Ministers of State. [3]

Current cabinet

Cabinet of Nigeria: 11 November 2015 – present [4]
PortraitPortfolioIncumbentTerm
Muhammadu Buhari - Chatham House.jpg President
Commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces
Minister of Petroleum
Muhammadu Buhari 2015–
Yemi Osinbajo 2017-05-27 (cropped).jpg Vice President Yemi Osinbajo 2015–
No image.svg Minister of Justice
Attorney General [5]
Abubakar Malami 2015–
No image.svg Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama 2015–
No image.svg Minister of Finance Folake Adeosun 2015–
No image.svg Minister of Defence Mansur Dan Ali 2015–
No image.svg Minister of Education Adamu Adamu 2015–
No image.svg Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment [6] Okechukwu Enelamah 2015–
No image.svg Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige 2015–
No image.svg Minister of Federal Capital Territory Mohammed Musa Bello 2015–
No image.svg Minister of Science and Technology Ogbonnaya Onu 2015–
No image.svg Minister of Solid MineralsWilliam Phelps2015–
No image.svg Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau 2015–
No image.svg Minister of Budget and National Planning Udoma Udo Udoma 2015–
Babatunde Fashola.jpg Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola 2015–
No image.svg Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Audu Ogbeh 2015–
No image.svg Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi 2015–
No image.svg Minister of Health Isaac Adewole 2015–
No image.svg Minister of Women Affairs Aisha Alhassan 2015–
Usani Uguru Usani4.jpg Minister of Niger Delta Usani Uguru Usani 2015–
No image.svg Minister of Information Lai Mohammed 2015–
Minister of Environment Amina J. Mohammed 2015–2016
No image.svg Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu Kazaure 2015–
No image.svg Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalong 2015–
No image.svg Minister of State for Aviation Sirika Hadi 2015–
No image.svg Minister of State for Environment Ibrahim Jibrin 2015–
No image.svg Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim 2015–
No image.svg Minister of State for Solid Minerals Bawa Bwari Abubakar 2015–
No image.svg Minister of State for Health Osagie Ehanire 2015–
No image.svg Minister of State for Niger Delta Omole Daramola 2015–
No image.svg Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing Mustapha Baba Shauri 2015–
No image.svg Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing Suleiman Hassan 2017–
No image.svg Minister of State for Education Anthony Onwuka 2015–
No image.svg Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development Heineken Lokpobiri 2015–
No image.svg Minister of State for Labour and Employment Stephen Ocheni 2017– **
No image.svg Minister of State for Budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed 2015–
No image.svg Minister for Communication Adebayo Shittu 2015–
No image.svg Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment Aisha Abubakar 2015–
No image.svg Minister of State for Petroleum Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu 2015–

** Predecessor, James Ocholi, died in office

See also

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References

  1. "List of Federal Ministers of Nigeria, Permanent Secretaries & Their Ministries". STATE HOUSE Office of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria. Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  2. "Permanent Secretaries". Office of the Head of Service of the Federation. Archived from the original on 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2009-12-20.
  3. "Government Ministries in Nigeria". Commonwealth of Nations. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  4. http://www.leadership.ng/news/473836/buhari-inaugurates-cabinet-assigns-portfolios
  5. http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/finally-buhari-appoints-ministers-appoints-self-in-charge-of-petroleum/225328/
  6. http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/11/11/nigeria-politics-cabinet-idINL8N1362TP20151111