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Presidency has no plan to run power ministry, new minister to be announced, says aide
By Victor Iluyemi
August 29, 2012 19:41:43pm GMT
Goodluck Jonathan

Abuja (WorldStage Newsonline)-- The Presidency on Wednesday denied the report making the rounds that President Goodluck Jonathan had personally taken charge of Ministry of Power following the Tuesday's resignation of Prof. Barth Nnaji.

The President took charge in the last dispensation where he only appointed a minister of state, Nuhu Wya.

Dr. Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, to the President who refuted the news assured that a new appointment will be duly announced.

According to Abati, the news was "not true, a mere speculation and the figment of the imagination of those spreading it."

The presidential spokesman said once a new Minister of Power is named, the appointment would be duly announcement.

The substantive Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji Tuesday resigned his appointment from the cabinet

The resignation which was  with immediate effect according to a source might not be unconnected the conflict of interest that was said to have arisen during the privatisation process of companies under the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

President Goodluck Jonathan, according to his media aide, Dr.  Reuben Abati accepted the resignation.

The President in a terse statement issued by Abati thanked Prof. Nnaji for his services to the nation under the present administration and wishes him well in his future endeavours.

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