President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Suleiman Hassan as the minister of environment, following the resignation of Ibrahim Jibrin, the minister of state.
Before his appointment, Hassan was the minister of water resources.
Hassan’s appointment was conveyed in a statement by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity in Abuja, on Thursday.
Jibrin had on Wednesday announced his resignation from the federal executive council (FEC) to enable him to assume his new position as emir of Nasarawa.
Jibrin, who appeared in traditional attire during the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the presidential villa, Abuja, thanked the president for according him the opportunity to serve in the cabinet.
He said “The last three years had been full of opportunities and I must thank the Almighty God for giving us the strength and the courage to serve under your wonderful leadership
“There is no doubt that I have personally learnt a lot from your sense of fairness to all and your commitment to the entire nation and the desire to fight corruption to a standstill.
“We learnt a lot from these outstanding qualities.”
He also thanked members of the cabinet for their support and cooperation throughout the period he served.
Jibrin was on December 7 appointed emir of Nasarawa by the state governor, Tanko Al-Makura.