Meet Abubakar Momoh, the former councillor, school teacher, who is now the new Niger Delta minister
President Bola Tinubu on Sunday, August 20, 2023 approved the redeployment of Engr. Abubakar Momoh from the Federal Ministry of Youth to the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Development.
Presidential spokesman in a statement Ajuri Ngelale said Tinubu will announce a Minister-Designate assigned to the Federal Ministry of Youth soon.
Read the profile of the new Minister of Niger Delta development below.
●Abubakar Momoh: Indigene of Etsako Momoh hails from Etsako East local government area (LGA) of Edo state. Etsako is one of the three major ethnic groups in Edo state.
●Abubakar Momoh: Former House of Reps member Momoh has served twice as a member of the House of Representatives, representing Etsako federal constituency of Edo state.
He was a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) before joining the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 to contest in the Edo North senatorial election. He lost and then returned to the APC.
●Abubakar Momoh: Former secondary school teacher. Momoh served as a teacher at Ekperi Grammar School before pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Benin (UNIBEN). He is said to have a passion for education.
●Abubakar Momoh: Ex-SUG president During his time at UNIBEN, he took part in student politics, becoming the Students’ Union Government (SUG) president. This reportedly fueled his dedication to public service.
●Abubakar Momoh: One-time councillor Momoh became the chairman of his home council during the democratic transition.
He held a councillorship position in Etsako local government area.
●Abubakar Momoh: Grassroots politician The Vanguard publication noted that Momoh is a grassroots politician. The paper described him as one of the Nigerian politicians who believe politics is best played at the grassroots level.
●Abubakar Momoh: Education Momoh continued education after his first degree. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), and is a registered member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). He is also a fellow of the Institute of Public Administration (FPA) and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma.
●Abubakar Momoh: Very loyal to Oshiomhole. The minister is said to be very loyal to the former governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole. He was among those who championed the governorship election of Oshiomhole under the then Action Congress (AC) in 2007.
●Abubakar Momoh: Holder of several traditional titles Momoh is a holder of several traditional titles in Edo North, including the titles of Otsegbhe of Okpella Kingdom and Ezomo of Three Ibie Kingdom. He is also the Udi of Auchi Sacred Kingdom, Obhada of Okpe Kingdom, and Okhai of South Ibie Kingdom.