The Federal Executive Council

The Cabinet of Nigeria is the Executive Branch of the Government of Nigeria. The Cabinet members are appointed by the President and report to the President. The Cabinet oversees 19 Federal Ministries, each responsible for some aspect of providing government services, as well as a number of parastatals (government-owned corporations).

Relationship to Civil Service

The ministries and parastatals are staffed by career civil servants. Each is headed by a Permanent Secretary, a senior civil servant appointed by the Head of the Civil Service. The Permanent Secretary is accountable to a Minister, who sits in the Cabinet and reports to the President. The Minister is appointed by the President subject to approval by the Senate and is responsible for policy, while the Permanent Secretary is responsible for implementation of policy.

Ministers and Ministers of State

By convention, there must be one Cabinet member from each of the 36 states in Nigeria, although there are only 19 ministries and at times a Federal minister is responsible for more than one ministry (e.g. Environment and Housing), or the President takes direct control of a key ministry such as Petroleum Resources. To ensure representation from each state, a Minister is often assisted by one or more Ministers of State.

List of Federal Ministers of Nigeria

S/N NAMES Portfolio
1 Abubakar Malami Honourable Minister of Justice Attorney General
2 Geoffrey Onyeama Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs
3 Folake Adeosun Honourable Minister of Finance
4 Mansur Dan Ali Honourable Minister of Defence
5 Adamu Adamu Honourable Minister of Education
6 Enyinnaya Okechukwu Enelema Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment
7 Chris Nwabueze Ngige Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment
8 Mohammed Musa Bello Honourable Minister of Federal Capital Territory
9 Ogbonnaya Onu Honourable Minister of Science and Technology
10 John Kayode Fayemi Honourable Minister of Solid Minerals
11 Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau Honourable Minister of Interior
12 Udoma Udo Udoma Honourable Minister of Budget and National Planning
13 Babatunde Fashola Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing
14 Audu Ogbeh Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
15 Rotimi Amaechi Honourable Minister of Transportation
16 Isaac Adewole Honourable Minister of Health
17 Aisha Jumai Alhassan Honourable Minister of Women Affairs
18 Usani Usani Uguru Honourable Minister of Niger Delta
19 Shamsudeen Usman Honourable Minister for National Planning
20 Lai Mohammed Honourable Minister of Information
21 Amina J. Mohammed Honourable Minister of Environment
22 Suleiman Adamu Kazaure Honourable Minister of Water Resources
23 Solomon Dalong Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports
24 Hadi Sirika Honourable Minister of State for Aviation
25 Labaran Maku Honourable Minister of State for Environment
26 Ibrahim Jibrin Honourable Minister of State, Trade and Investment
27 Khadijat Buka Abba Ibrahim Honourable Minister of State for Foreign Affairs/td>
28 Bawa Bwari Abubakar Honourable Minister of State for Solid Minerals
29 Osagie Ehanire Honourable Minister of State for Health
30 Omole Daramola Honourable Minister of State for Niger Delta
31 Mustapha Baba Shauri Honourable Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing
32 Anthony Onwuka Honourable Minister of State for Education
33 Heneiken Lokpobiri Honourable Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development
34 James Ocholi Honourable Minister of State for Labour and Employment
35 Zainab Ahmed Honourable Minister of State for Budget and National Planning
36 Adebayo Shittu Honourable Minister for Communication
37 Aisha Abubakar Honourable Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment
38 Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum