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New cabinet: Jonathan heads Power Ministry

….Unveils New Power Initiatives Soon

By Daniel Idonor
SET to make a mark within the next one year, Acting President Goodluck Jonathan is to head the nation’s moribund power industry; even as he has concluded plans to unveil new initiatives aimed at improving power supply in the next few days.

The Acting President is to work very closely with a world renowned electricity power consultant and Chairman of Independent Power Producers Association of Nigeria, Professor Barth Nnaji, who currently heads government’s sub-committee on power.

A statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr Ima Niboro, shortly after the inauguration of the 38-man cabinet, said the government’s decision not to appoint a substantive Minister for the Power Ministry is deliberate.

“Acting President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, is to take charge of the Power Ministry for now. A new power team is being put in place to work in conjunction with the Professor Barth Nnaji led Power Sub-Committee of the presidential advisory council”.

“This new body is to take charge of a new power initiative to be unveiled in a matter of days”.

According to the statement, “the Acting President shall chair this body, with the minister of state, power, as deputy chair. The body is to be made up of experts in the different areas of power, from generation to transmission, distribution and finance”.

The statement further disclosed that the list of two more ministerial nominees from Taraba and Ebonyi States has been sent to the Nigerian Senate for clearance, adding that they are likely to take charge of the Health and Water Resources ministries.


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