The long awaited Nigerian Federal Executive Council has been inaugurated.

Thirty-six ministers took the oath of office on Wednesday, which automatically signalled the constitution of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.

President Buhari said his government would cut down the number of ministries, in the bid to reduce the cost of governance. The President said, after the swearing-in, that his administration would continue to implement policies that would improve the economy of the nation.

He further added that the Federal Government would implement policies that will generate massive employment for youths and ensure food security.

President Buhari reiterated his determination to diversify the economy with agriculture becoming a major sector.

The president asked that all Nigerians “keep hope alive”, with assurances that the country would experience positive changes, during his administration.

He also announced the portfolios for all the ministers, contrary to expectations that some of the ministers would have no portfolios.

There are ministers for 24 ministries with Ministers of State to make up the remaining portfolios.

The president maintained that he would take charge as the substantive Minister of Petroleum.

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