President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday carried out a minor re-shuffling of his cabinet as he directed the Minister of State II, for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed, to take over as the Supervising Minister of Information pending the time a substantive minister would be appointed.
The position became vacant following the resignation of Mr. Labaran Maku, who left the Federal Executive Council to pursue his gubernatorial ambition in Nassarawa State.
The new supervising minister of information broke the news to State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting presided over by Jonathan.
He said President Jonathan also directed the Minister of State I, Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, to take over as the substantive Minister of State, Education following the exit of Mr. Nyesom Wike, who also resigned to pursue his governorship ambition in Rivers State.
According to Mohammed, Jonathan also directed the Minister of Special Duties, Taminu Turaki (SAN), to act as the Supervising Minister of Labour and Productivity following the exit of Chief Emeka Wogu.
He said the Minister of Defence, Alhaji Aliyu Gusau, would combine his roles with those of the Minister of State, Defence following the resignation of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.
Mohammed added that while the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Stephen Oru, will combine his responsibilities with those of the Minister of State, Niger Delta, vacated by Dr. Darius Ishaku; the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, will combine his duties with those of the Minister of State vacated by Samuel Ortom.
Except for Prof. Onwuliri’s deployment, all other appointments were in acting capacity pending when new ministers would be appointed to fill the vacancies.