Thursday, 1 November 2012

FEC: President Jonathan Effects Swap Between Ministers Of State Of Power And Niger Delta; Sets November 30 Deadline For Contract Memos

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday effected a swap between two Ministers, transferring Minister of State Power Darius Dickson to the Ministry oF Niger Delta and bringing his counterpart from that Ministry, Zainab Ibrahim Kuchi to the Ministry of Power

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Reuben Abati who briefed newsmen at State House, Abuja after the weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers however said the change was not informed by perceived dropping levels of Power generation since the exit of former Power Minister Barth Nnaji.

There have been mixed perceptions about power generation levels since the exit of former Power Minister Barth Nnaji a few months ago.

While many argue that there has been a marked improvement in electricity supply to households across the country, there are those that insist that earlier gains made under Professor Nnaji have not been sustained.

The swap of the Ministers would send a message to many that Darius Dickson had not pulled his weight as Minister of State, Power hence his redeployment

But the President's Spokesman says there is no indication that power generation levels have dropped and so that cannot be the reason for the swap

Outside of the swap, President Jonathan directed that no fresh memos for contracts would be accepted by the Federal Executive Council after November 30

The Federal Executive Council also approved on Wednesday contract for the construction of Phase one of the 220 bed Gwarimpa General Hospital at the cost of 3 point O28billion Naira at a projected completion period of 86 weeks.

Meanwhile in light of the fact that road infrastructure across the country had been impacted negatively by floods, the council approved a special programme to ensure that all damaged roads would receive due attention.

Works Minister Mike Onolemenmen admitted that there was no cost estimate the Ministry was working with but gave assurances that valuation and assessment was on-going.

The swapping of the Ministers may be early signs of the performance bond signed some months ago between President Jonathan and his cabinet

It puts the Ministers on notice that this President will no longer tolerate sloppy performance

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