- Dele Alake has revealed the real reason he was given an entirely different ministry to oversee under the current administration
- Alake said President Tinubu needed a trusted hand to head the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development; hence he found him worthy and handed him the portfolio
- The new minister, therefore, charged every stakeholder to contribute in the drive to achieve set goals, stressing that all hands must be on deck
FCT, Abuja - The minister of solid minerals development, Dele Alake, has cleared the air regarding the motive of the president behind his appointment.
He clarified that the president decided to shock Nigerians by not appointing him to the information ministry, which he has a background in, The Punch reported.
Alake made this disclosure on Monday, August 21, while briefing newsmen immediately after the inauguration of 45 new ministers at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
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The minister said he specifically asked the president to assign the ministry to him contrary to the general perception that he would be given a particular portfolio, The Guardian reported.
He, therefore, charged every stakeholder to contribute their quota so that the set goals could be achieved, stressing that “there is no time to sit back.”
“The ministry is key to the administration and the president wanted someone that he trust and believe would deliver effectively,’’ Mr Alake said.
Tinubu tasks 45 newly sworn-in ministers
In a bid to reboot his three-month-long administration, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has given a fresh directive to the newly sworn-in ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Tinubu, during the inauguration of the ministers-designate in Abuja, on Monday, August 21, charged them to prioritise the national interests and shun regional or state-specific considerations.
Tinubu urged the 45 newly sworn-in ministers to work towards facilitating the delivery of objectives that underpin the renewed hope agenda of his administration.
Crowd applauds at Wike's inauguration as minister
In another development, the former governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, became the centre of attraction at the inauguration of ministers in the presidential villa on Monday, August 21.
In a viral video making the rounds on social media, Wike, the appointed Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), was seen donning a black suit as he walked up towards President Bola Tinubu to sign his manifest to become a minister officially.