A minor cabinet reshuffle was announced by President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday, with the Minister of State for Power, Mr. Arius Dickson Ishaku swapping place with his Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs counterpart, Hajia Zainab Kuchi.
Defending the action of the president, the Presidential Spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, who announced the minor reshuffle, said it was meant to strengthen the sector.
He said the action was aimed at raising the level of performance and to meet the expectation of Nigerians.
However, it was gathered that the minor shake-up may not be unconnected with the minister’s performance during the power sector meeting earlier in the week.
The minister’s poor articulation and presentation, according to sources within the presidency, irked the President Jonathan as he watched the minister struggle to put across his points.
Besides, the sudden drop in power supply in some part of country shortly after the substantive minister of power, Prof. Barth Nnaji, was eased out of office following what the Presidency described as clash of interest was also identified as another major reason for the swap.
However, the government denied experiencing drop in power supply.
Abati, who briefed alongside Minister of Works, Mike Onalememen, Communication Minister, Mrs. Omobola Johnson and Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory, Mrs. Olajumoke Akinjide also announced November deadline for contract discussions under the 2012 budget.