Federal Ministries of Nigeria

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The Federal Ministries of Nigeria are Civil Service departments that are responsible for delivering various types of government service. Each ministry is headed by a Permanent Secretary who reports to a Minister in the Federal Cabinet.[1] Some government functions are provided by Commissions or parastatals (government-owned corporations) that may be associated with a ministry or may be independent, also headed by Permanent Secretaries.[2]


At times, ministries are amalgamated and at other times they are split. Thus Halima Tayo Alao was appointed Minister of Environment and Housing on 26 July 2007 by President Umaru Yar'Adua.[3] After a cabinet reshuffle, in December 2008 Nduese Essien was appointed Minister of Environment and Hassan Muhammed Lawal was appointed Minister of Works and Housing.[4] On 6 April 2010, Mohammed Daggash was appointed Minister of Works and Nduese Essien was appointed Minister of Lands, Housing & Urban Development.[5] The table below lists current or past ministries.

Ministry Notes Website
Agriculture Regulates agricultural research, agriculture and national resources, forestry and veterinary research http://fmard.gov.ng/
Aviation Regulates air travel and aviation services http://aviation.gov.ng/
Defence Consists of the defence services headquarters, the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Air Force, the Nigerian Navy, and other defence agencies and departments http://www.defence.gov.ng/
Education Directs education in Nigeria http://www.education.gov.ng/
Energy See Petroleum Resources and Power
Environment Regulates Environmental issues http://environment.gov.ng/
Federal Capital Territory Administers the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) http://fct.gov.ng/v2/
Finance Manages, controls and monitors federal revenues and expenditures http://www.finance.gov.ng
Foreign Affairs Charged with the responsibility for the formulation, articulation, and pursuit of Nigerian foreign policy trust and objectives. http://www.mfa.gov.ng/
Health Develop and implements policies and programs and undertakes other actions to deliver health services https://web.archive.org/web/20091211221814/http://www.fmh.gov.ng/
Information To establish and maintain a robust information dissemination mechanism that promotes our tourism potentials and enhances our cultural values. https://web.archive.org/web/20120924034041/http://fmi.gov.ng/
Interior Conducts Nigeria's Internal Policy and International Relations, and other duties related to foreign countries and Nigerians abroad. http://www.fmi-ng.org/aboutus.htm
Justice Brings cases before the judiciary that are initiated or assumed by the government. Headed by the Attorney General, who is also Minister of Justice http://www.justice.gov.ng/
Labour and Productivity Concerned with relations between workers and employees.
Lands & Urban Development Formerly part of the Ministry of Works
Mines and Steel Development Encourages development of the country’s solid mineral resources http://minesandsteel.gov.ng
Niger Delta Coordinates efforts to tackle the challenges of infrastructural development, environment protection and youth empowerment in the Niger Delta http://nigerdelta.gov.ng/
Petroleum Resources Regulates upstream production and downstream distribution of petroleum products http://petroleumresources.gov.ng/
Power Currently merged with the Ministry of works and Housing
Science & Technology Charts the course of Scientific and Technological development of the nation http://www.fmst.gov.ng/index.php
Trade and Investment Regulates trade and investment
Tourism, Culture & National Orientation
Water Resources Formed from Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources in April 2010.[6]
Women Affairs Promotes the development of women with equal rights and corresponding responsibilities
Youth Development http://www.youthdevelopment.gov.ng/index.php


Commission Notes Website
Federal Civil Service Executive body that has the authority to make appointments and transfers, and to exercise disciplinary control over all Federal Civil Servants http://fedcivilservice.gov.ng
National Sports
National Planning Responsible for formulating medium term and long term economic and development plans for the Nation http://www.npc.gov.ng/
Police Affairs http://www.policeaffairs.gov.ng/
Police Formation and Command
State House

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  1. ^ "Government Ministries in Nigeria". Commonwealth of Nations. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  2. ^ "PERMANENT SECRETARIES". Office of the Head of Service of the Federation. Archived from the original on 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  3. ^ "Yar'Adua names cabinet". Africa News. 27 July 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  4. ^ Nosike Ogbuenyi, Abimbola Akosile and Sufuyan Ojeifo (19 December 2008). "Yar'Adua Renews His Mission". ThisDay. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  5. ^ Golu Timothy (10 April 2010). "New Ministers: Jonathan's Cabinet In Focus". Leadership. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  6. ^ George Oji (7 April 2010). "Jonathan Takes Over Ministry of Power". ThisDay. Retrieved 2011-02-27.