Cabinet of Nigeria

The Cabinet of Nigeria is part of the Executive Branch of the Government of Nigeria. The Cabinet's role, as written in the Ministers' Statutory Powers and Duties (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) Act [1] is to serve as an advisory body to the President of Nigeria. Members of the Cabinet are appointed and report to the President, who can dismiss them at will. The Cabinet currently oversees 24[2] Federal Ministries, each responsible for some aspect of providing government services, as well as a number of parastatals (government-owned corporations).

Relationship to civil serviceEdit

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, also while the Permanent Secretary is responsible for implementation of policy.[3]

Confirmation ProcessEdit

The heads of the executive ministries are nominated by the President and then presented to the Senate. Section 147 (6) gives the Senate 21 days to complete the screening for confirmation or rejection by a simple majority. According to Section 147 (5) of the constitution the only qualification for one to be appointed as Minister is that the person must be “qualified for election into the House of Representatives”. If approved, they receive their commission scroll, are sworn in and then begin their duties.


The heads of the executive departments and most other senior federal officers at cabinet or sub-cabinet level receive their salary under a fixed pay plan as reviewed by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).[4] The annual basic salary of a substantive minister is ₦2,026,400 (₦168,866:66 per month).[5]

Allowance type Amount (₦) Notes
Furniture 6,079,200 Paid once in four years
Vehicle 8,105,600 Optional, loan repayable by the end of the tenure of the minister.
Vehicle Fuelling and Maintenance 1,519,800 Paid annually
Domestic Staff 911,880 Paid annually
Entertainment 607,920 Paid annually
Utilities 405,280 Paid annually
Monitoring allowance 303,960
Personal Assistant 506,000 Paid annually
Newspaper allowance 303,960
Leave 202,640 Paid annually
Tour duty 35,000
Estacode allowance $900 per night
Housing 4,052,800 paid annually
Total 13,374,240 Excluding optional vehicle allowance

Ministers and Ministers of StateEdit

By convention, there must be at least one Cabinet member from each of the 36 states in Nigeria, although there are only 28 ministries and at times 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.[6]

Current cabinetEdit

Cabinet of Nigeria: 11 November 2015–present[7]
Portrait Portfolio Incumbent Term
Commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces
Minister of Petroleum
Muhammadu Buhari 2015–present
  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo 2015–present
  Minister of Justice
Attorney General[8]
Abubakar Malami 2015–present
  Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama 2015–present
  Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed 2018–present
  Minister of Defence Bashir Salihi Magashi 2019–present
  Minister of Education Adamu Adamu 2015–present
  Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment[9] Richard Adeniyi Adebayo 2019–present
  Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige 2015–present
  Minister of Federal Capital Territory Mohammed Musa Bello 2015–present
  Minister of Science and Technology Ogbonnaya Onu 2015–present
  Minister of Mines and Steel Development Olamilekan Adegbite 2019–present
  Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola 2019–present
  Minister Of State for Budget and National Planning Clement Agba 2019–present
  Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola 2015–present
  Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Sabo Nanono 2019–present
  Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi 2015–present
  Minister of Power Saleh Mamman 2019–present
  Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire 2019–present
  Minister of Women Affairs Pauline Tallen 2019–present
Minister of Niger Delta Godswill Akpabio 2019–present
  Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed 2015–present
Minister of Environment Muhammad Mahmood 2019-present
  Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu 2019–present
  Minister of Youth and Sports Sunday Dare 2019–present
  Minister for Aviation Sirika Hadi 2015–present
  Minister of State for Environment Sharon Ikeazor 2019–present
  Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Zubair Dada 2019–present
  Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development Ikechukwu Ogah 2019–present
  Minister of State for Health Adeleke Mamora 2019–present
  Minister of State for Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo 2019–present
  Minister of State for Power Goddy Jedy Agba 2019–present
  Minister of State for Works and Housing Abubakar D. Aliyu 2019–present
  Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba 2015–present
  Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development Mustapha Baba Shehuri 2019–present
  Minister of State for Niger Delta Tayo Alasoadura 2019
  Minister of Police Affairs Maigari Dingyadi 2019–present
  Minister for Communication Isa Ali Pantami 2019–present
  Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment Maryam Katagum 2019–present
  Minister of State for Petroleum Timipre Sylva 2019–present
  Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Faruk 2019–present
  Minister of State for Transportation Gbemisola Saraki 2019–present
  Minister of Special Duties and International Affairs George Akume 2019–present
  Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory Ramatu Tijani 2019–present
  Minister of State for Science and Technology Mohammed Abdullahi 2019–present


  1. ^ "Ministers' Statutory Powers and Duties Act". Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  2. ^ "List of Federal Ministers of Nigeria, Permanent Secretaries & Their Ministries". STATE HOUSE Office of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria. Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  3. ^ "Permanent Secretaries". Office of the Head of Service of the Federation. Archived from the original on 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2009-12-20.
  4. ^ "ADJUSTMENTS OF CERTAIN RATES OF PAY". RMAFC. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  5. ^ "Salaries of Political Office Holders". 2019-05-15.
  6. ^ "Government Ministries in Nigeria". Commonwealth of Nations. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
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  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ [3][dead link]

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