- APC's Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai could serve again as a minister of the federal republic of Nigeria
- Although El-Rufai, an ex-governor of Kaduna state has not been cleared by the Senate, he still has a chance of joining the 45 appointees already assigned portfolios
- A key stakeholder in the Nigerian environment sector told Legit.ng that the vacant minister of environment portfolio is kept specially for the former Kaduna governor
The slot has been reserved for El Rufai, a government source told Legit.ng, but it is subject to the Godswill Akpabio-led Senate rethinking its decision not to clear the 63-year-old.
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Ministerial portfolio: El-Rufai for minister of environment
El-Rufai, Stella Okotete (Delta state), and Abubakar Danladi (Taraba state) are still undergoing security clearance and could still fill in the void for some ministries if security agents clear them. The trio are staunch members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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At present, Kaduna state has no representative among the new ministers.
The public official who doesn't want to be named told Legit.ng:
"El-Rufai is the unnamed slot for the minister of environment."
While a 'junior' minister of environment and ecological management was announced (Ishak Salako), no one was named the minister of environment.
Legit.ng reports that the Ministry of Environment is important to Nigeria as it is set up to address environmental issues and to ensure the effective coordination of all environmental matters in the country.
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It also formulates policies and supervises activities for curbing desertification and deforestation; the management of flood, erosion, and pollution, as well as climate change and clean energy.
Recent flooding in Nigeria has become an "overwhelming" disaster. In 2022, the country battled its worst floods in a decade with more than 300 people killed.
Ministerial portfolio: "Clear El-Rufai", group tells senate
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a group, Like Minds Forum of Nigeria, criticised the controversy surrounding the ministerial appointment of El-Rufai.
The northern group berated the Nigerian Senate for withholding the confirmation of El-Rufai, as a minister, describing it as procedurally wrong and politically defective.
They called on the Senate to immediately clear and confirm El-Rufai as it did to other ministerial nominees.