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Appoint professionals as ministers, Jonathan urged

By John Ighodaro

CALABAR—National President of Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Societies (NMGS), Prof. Anthony Elueze, has called on Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to assign ministerial portfolios to professionals as he goes about forming a new federal cabinet.

He spoke while presenting the 2010 NMGS Award to the oil exploration company, Chevron Nigeria Limited.

Prof. Elueze said it was important for the Acting President to appoint professionals to tackle technical matters and avoid problems that would have arisen if neophytes were at the helm of affairs at a given ministry.

He was emphatic that such ministries as that of Solid Minerals, Water Resources, Science/Technology, Petroleum and Agriculture should be manned by professionals in order for development to flourish.

He appealed to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to bear this in mind, “as he sets about appointing new ministers.”

The award, given at the award night, gave Chevron the status of Valuable Institutional Member.
Prof Elueze noted that Chevron merited the award, being an oil exploration company that had consistently assisted the society in its developmental efforts and contributed immensely in the  advancement of mining and geosciences.

He cited instances where Chevron had been awarding scholarships to students in Nigerian universities to pursue degrees and post-graduate programmes in geosciences.


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