She is in charge of ministry of finance—Presidency clarifies position of Zainab Ahmed

Category: Special Reports | Posted date: 2018-09-20 05:22:30 | Updated date: 2018-09-20 05:29:14 | Posted by: Mercy-Babs News


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“Don’t forget, it is also a legal thing. If a minister is going to be appointed, there are procedures. That is why it is a deployment”, Adesina said.


She is in charge of ministry of finance—Presidency clarifies position of Zainab Ahmed

Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed


The Special Adviser to President Muhammodu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Wednesday clarified the current status of the former minister of state for budget and national planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Premium times reported.


Recall President Buhari redeployed Mrs. Ahmed to the finance ministry last week to take over in supervisory capacity following the resignation of the former minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun who resigned her appointment amid allegation of NYSC certificate scandal in September 14.


Mr. Adesina, while speaking with reporters at the end of the federal executive council on Wednesday, said “You know she (Mrs. Ahmed) was minister of state, budget and national planning. She will relinquish that or she has relinquished that to go and oversee the finance ministry. So that is her status for now”


As appointment of a new minister requires that the name of the minister nominee be submitted to the National Assembly for screening process, newsmen pressed further to know if Zainab Ahmed would be addressed as minister by virtue of her redeployment to the ministry. Responding to them, Adesina said “what you call her is a matter of nomenclature. But if she is overseeing the ministry, then she is. But note that she is no longer minister of state for budget and national planning for now until anything contrary happens. But for now, she is in charge of the ministry of finance.”


On whether the government was contemplating on placing her on a substantive position as minister of finance, the presidential spokesperson said that would “need to follow due process”.


“Well, the statement says she will oversee the ministry of finance, let’s leave it like that. I just told you she is no longer minister of state, budget and national planning. She will be minister of finance. In fact, that was how she was addressed at council (FEC).


“Don’t forget, it is also a legal thing. If a minister is going to be appointed, there are procedures. That is why it is a deployment”, Adesina said.

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