- The 45 ministers-designate that were screened and confirmed by the Senate were officially sworn into office by the president on Monday, August 21
- The former governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, was among those sworn in and will serve as the FCT minister in President Tinubu's cabinet
- The governor of Adamwa state, Ahmad Fintiri, has congratulated the two-term governor and expressed confidence in his ability to deliver to the FCT
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Adamawa state, Yola - Governor Ahmad Fintiri of Adamawa state has congratulated the immediate past governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, on his appointment as the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
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Governor Fintiri congratulates Wike
In a congratulatory note, Fintiri described Wike's appointment as a well-deserved one. He expressed optimism that the former governor's track record of good governance and promoting economic growth in Rivers state would benefit the FCT.
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In a post shared on his X page (Twitter) and sighted by Legit.ng on Monday, August 21, Fintiri wrote:
"Congratulations on your Senate screening and appointment as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.
"Your Excellency, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike you have set precedence and demonstrated exemplary leadership traits by delivering service and good governance according to the people’s need during your tenure as Governor of Rivers State which I believe earned you this position.
"I trust that you will continue to work for improved growth and development of the FCT just like you did in Rivers State as Governor.
"I am confident that your influence will continue to encourage our proud tradition of hard work and dedication to country as well as involvement in worthwhile political causes.
"My brother and friend once more congratulations on your appointment. I know you have worked hard to reach this point, and I'm so happy that you have been recognized for your accomplishment with this new assignment. It is well-deserved," AUF.
Stop Wike, other ex-governors from collecting life pensions
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked President Bola Tinubu to stop his ministers, who are former governors, from collecting life pensions from their states.
The nonprofit, nonpartisan, legal and advocacy organisation made the call in a statement released on Sunday, August 20.
Tinubu appoints Wike as minister of FCT
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu appointed the immediate past governors of Rivers and Ebonyi states, Nyesom Wike and Dave Umahi, as ministers of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), and Minister of Works, respectively.
President Tinubu also appointed Festus Keyamo, as the aviation minister.
Ajuri Ngelale, the presidential spokesman, confirmed the portfolios at Aso Rock on Wednesday, August 16.