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Tinubu swears in three ministers

President Bola Tinubu on Monday swore in three additional ministers into his 48-person cabinet.


Jamila Ibrahim, Ayodele Olawande and Balarabe Lawal took the oath of office the Council Chamber of the State House before the start of the Federal Executive Council meeting which Tinubu presided over.


Monday’s meeting is the second council gathering since President Tinubu’s inaugural FEC meeting 48 days ago.


Their swearing-in ceremony comes about two weeks after the Senate cleared the trio after screening on October 4.


On September 17, 2023, President Tinubu nominated Bio and Olawande as Minister of Youth and Minister of State for Youth, respectively.


He also requested the Senate to screen Balarabe Lawal as minister from Kaduna.


Lawal, who served as secretary to the government under former Governor Nasir El-Rufai, replaces his principal in Tinubu’s cabinet as minister of environment.


Ibrahim, 37, hails from Kwara State. She is a medical doctor, politician and development expert and advocate of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


Before her recent appointment, she served as the National President of the APC Young Women Forum.


Olawande, 34, is a community development expert and youth leader within the All Progressives Congress


Before his nomination, Olawande served as the special adviser on innovation to the former president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), office of the vice president Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. He occupied the role from 2019 to 2023.


Present at the meeting were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume; the President’s Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila; The National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu; the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan and all Ministers and Ministers of State.

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