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Buhari swears in new ministers as 2nd term kicks off in full swing (live updates)

Buhari swears in new ministers as 2nd term kicks off in full swing (live updates)

The two-day presidential retreat hosted by President Muhammadu Buhari came to an end on Tuesday, August 20, with a charge from the president to the ministers-designate to rise to the challenging responsibilities of ministerial office.

 The second and final day of the retreat kicked off with a presentation on Cabinet Processes and Procedures by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha. 

This was followed by a presentation by the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on aligning government policies with the ideology, manifesto and campaign promises of the ruling party.

 Subsequent presentations touched on budgeting, civil service reforms, public procurement, the relationships among ministers and permanent secretaries, and effective partnerships between executive, legislature and state governments. 

President Buhari in his closing remarks at the retreat reminded participants that the challenges ahead of the administration remained significant and urged them to work in collaboration. 

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The ministers-designate would be sworn in today, Wednesday, August 21, at the State House, after which they would be allocated portfolios by the president. 

9jaStarMedia will provide live coverage of the the inauguration as it unfolds at the Council Chamber. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

The embattled head of civil service of the federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, made a surprise appearance at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, The Nation reports. 

9jaStarMedia gathers that Oyo-Ita arrived the forecourt of the State House in her official SUV around 9.45am and walked straight to the office of the chief of staff, Abba Kyari. 

Oyo-Ita was absent at the two-day presidential retreat for ministers designate, federal permanent secretaries and top government functionaries held at the old Banquet Hall on Monday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 20. 

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Ministers-designate have arrived the Council chamber. Two buses conveyed them from Transcorp hotel, Abuja to the Villa around 10.25am. 

They had assembled with their spouses at the Transcorp Hotel for screening before heading to the venue. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

The national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, andChief Bisi Akande have also arrived the Council Chamber where the ministers-designate will be sworn-in. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has also arrived. He walked into the Council Chamber around 10.30am. About the same time, the chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari, also arrived the venue. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has also arrived for the inauguration and swearing of ministers -designate. He got to the Council Chamber around 10.58am with his aides. President Muhammadu Buhari arrived shortly after. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina takes the floor as he talks about how the ministers-designates passed through screening by the Senate, participated in the presidential retreat and went through required processes before being considered ready for swearing-in. 

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The ministers-designate will be inaugurated in batches of five, meaning the process will be done nine times. 

They will be inaugurated alphabetically, according to their states of origin. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

The ministers-designate have started taking the oaths of allegiances in batches of five. 

The first batch includes:
 1. Abia - Uchechukwu Samson Ogah 
2. Adamawa - Mohammed musa Bello
 3. Akwa Ibom - God'swill Akpabio 
4. Anambra - Dr Chris Ngige 
5. Anambra - Sharon Ikeazu -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
The second batch of ministers-designate to take oaths are 
6. Adamu Adamu - Bauchi 
7. Ambassador Mariam Kategu - Bauchi 
8. Timipre Sylvia - Bayelsa 
9. George Akume - Benue 
10. Mustapha Baba Shehuri - Borno -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
The third batch of ministers-designate to take oaths are: 
11. Goddi Jeddi Agba - Cross River 
12. Festus Keyamo - Delta 
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14. Osagie Ehanire - Edo 
15. Clement Agba - Edo -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
The fourth batch of five ministers-designate to take oaths of allegiance are: 
16. Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo - Ekiti 
17. Geoffrey Onyeama - Enugu 
18. Isa Ibrahim Pantami - Gombe 
19. Emeka Nwajiuba - Imo 
20. Sulieman Adamu - Jigawa  The fifth batch of ministers-designate that took oaths of allegiance are: 

21. Zainab Ahmed - Kaduna 
22. Mohammed Mahmud - Kaduna 
23. Sabo Nanono - Kano 24. Major Bashir Magashi - Kano 
25. Hadi Sirika - Katsina 
 The sixth batch taking their oath are: 
26. Abubakar Malami - Kebbi 
27. Ramatu Tijani - Kogi 
28. Lai Mohammed - Kwara 
29. Gbemisola Saraki - Kwara 
30. Olorunimbe Mamora - Lagos --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 The seventh batch of five ministers-designate taking oaths before President Buhari are: 
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 32. Mohammed Abdullahi - Nasarawa
 33. Zubairu Dada - Niger 
34. Olamilekun Adegbite - Ogun 
35. Tayo Alaosuadura - Ondo -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
The eighth batch of five ministers-designate taking oaths are: 
36. Rauf Aregbesola - Osun 
37. Sunday Dare - Oyo 
38. Paulen Talen - Plateau 
39. Rotimi Amaechi - Rivers
 40. Maigarai Dingyadi - Sokoto -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
The last set of ministers-designate who will now swear the oath: 
41. Saleh Mamman from Taraba 
42. Abubakar Aliyu from Yobe
 43. Sadiya Umar Farouk from Zamfara --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Having completed the swearing, Femi Adesina said the president will address the nation and make the portfolios of each the ministers-designate known. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

The SGF, Boss Mustapha tells the ministers-designate that they would be required to start work immediately on the budget so it can be transmitted to the national assembly immediately they resume sitting. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

The president is now giving his address: "It may be difficult to implement many of the projects cut by NASS" and 7 other things Buhari said at the signing of 2018 budget "I believe you are ready to get to work.

 Our work is to improve security, grow a diversified economy and fight corruption," Buhari tells the ministers.

 "You must in harmony with your fellow ministers." -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

The inauguration ended with the president listing the portfolios of the new ministers.

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