Zainab Ahmed Is Substantive Minister Of Finance – Presidency
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina, has said that former Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, is the substantive Minister of Finance.
Adesina made the clarification on Wednesday, after the weely Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the presidential villa in Abuja.
Recall that the immediate past Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, had resigned her appointment over allegations that she forged her National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate.
Ahmed, was then appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to “oversee” the Ministry of Finance.
Adesina, while fielding questions from journalists, stressed that Ahmed was no longer the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, saying following her recent deployment to finance ministry, she had automatically relinquished her initial status.
“You know she was Minister of State, Budget and National Planning. She will relinquish that or she has relinquished that to go and oversee the Finance Ministry. So, that is her status for now,” he said.
When asked if she should be addressed as the overseer of Finance Ministry, Adesina again responded, saying, “what you call her is a matter of nomenclature but if she is overseeing the ministry, then she is.”
He added: “But note that she is no longer Minister of State, Budget and National Planning for now until anything contrary happens. But for now, she is in charge of the Ministry of Finance.”
Adesina further added that the minister was already addressed as the Minister of Finance at yesterday’s FEC meeting.
He said: “Well, you know that statement was written in English and that statement says she will oversee the Ministry of Finance. Let’s leave it like that.
“I just told you she is no longer Minister of State, Budget and National Planning. She will be Minister of Finance. In fact, that was how she was addressed at the council.
“Don’t forget it is also a legal thing. If a minister is going to be appointed, there are procedures. That is why it is a deployment,” he stated.