JONATHAN TO EFFECT A MINOR CABINET RESHUFFLE

President Goodluck Jona-than will reshuffle his cabinet any moment from now. The shake-up, which is expected to be minor, will affect at least three key ministries.
The newspaper was infor-med that the president would have carried out the changes yesterday at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting but delayed for reasons that were not immediately known yesterday.

A female minister occupying an economically strategic portfolio is said to have been pencilled down for transfer to another ministry. It is believed that she is yet to have full understanding of the ministry months after she was posted to the ministry. Also the minister of state has been pencilled down for transfer to another ministry. The ministry is also economically strategic.

The nomination of additional three ministers has further raised the likelihood of the changes, although the names were still being kept under wraps yesterday.
THISDAY learnt that one of the new nominees is Mr. Kenneth Gbagi, a lawyer and founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He is from Delta State.
The Senate is expected to cut short its recess and reconvene on Tuesday to screen the nominees and consider the supplementary budget of N86.7 billion for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in preparation for the 2011 elections.

Jonathan had appointed 39 ministers in the last shake-up and still had slots for three more. The constitution mandates that ministers must be nominated from every state of the federation but former President Olusegun Obasanjo started the tradition of six more slots for the six geo-political zones, bringing the total number to 42.
Meanwhile, FEC yesterday approved the contract for the production 20,000 copies of 800 pages and 5000 CD ROM of a compendium on Nigeria as part of the 50th Independence anniversary celebrations.

A memo presented by President Jonathan for the contract sum of N250 million awarded to Messrs 1st October Publications was approved by the council at its weekly meeting in Abuja.
According to the document, the award was made after due consideration of the proposal submitted by the Steering Committee on Nigeria at 50.
The proposal was earlier approved by council at its council meeting of 20th January 2010.

The compendium as presented by the Steering Committee on Nigeria at 50 celebrations which was constituted to arrange, coordinate and execute required programmes for a befitting celebration is intended to highlight the nation’s journey so far, her history, achievements and challenges from independence as well as her people and the nation’s aspirations.

Photographs on achievements in various sectors of the economy, tourist attractions, arts and culture, historical monuments and achievements of Nigerians in the Diaspora will also be featured in the 20,000 copies of the 800 pages and 5000 CD ROM compendium on Nigeria.

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