Cabinet of Nigeria
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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 service

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

Confirmation Process

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 State

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 cabinet

Template:Cabinet of MuhammaduqBuhari

See also


  1. ^ "Ministers' Statutory Powers and Duties Act". Retrieved .
  2. ^ "List of Federal Ministers of Nigeria, Permanent Secretaries & Their Ministries". STATE HOUSE Office of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Permanent Secretaries". Office of the Head of Service of the Federation. Archived from the original on 2010-08-10. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Salaries of Political Office Holders". 2019-05-15.
  6. ^ "Government Ministries in Nigeria". Commonwealth of Nations. Retrieved .

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