Obasanjo restructures federal ministries

Obasanjo announced on Monday the reorganisation of Nigeria’s bloated civil service, naming 35 new permanent secretaries to its 28 ministries and presidential office, state-owned radio and other media reported.

As part of measures to revamp the government, Obasanjo has also restored the Petroleum Resource Ministry, scrapped 11 months ago by the military. New ministries have been created for the environment and police affairs. The former Ministry of Youth and Sports has been scrapped. Sports now falls under the Ministry of Social Development, and youth has been attached to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

Agriculture will now take on rural development and Labour has become the Ministry of Employment, Labour and Productivity. Cultural affairs has been moved from the Ministry of Information to the new Ministry of Tourism and Culture.