(Updates with majority leader’s comment in third paragraph.)
June 28 (Bloomberg) -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan proposed a 34-member Cabinet that includes former Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke and ex-Finance Minister Olusegun Aganga, according to a list released by parliament today.
The nominations don’t include the previous foreign affairs minister, Odein Ajumogobia. Senate President David Mark had earlier said the new Cabinet would have 35 members.
The Senate may start the process of approving the nominees tomorrow, “as soon as their documents are complete,” Victor Ndoma-Egba, the majority leader of the chamber, told reporters at the close of proceedings.
Jonathan, who is forming a new government after winning April elections, has pledged to invest in power, roads and railways and reform the petroleum industry, the mainstay of the country’s economy, in order to boost growth.
The government also faces the challenge of dealing with growing insecurity. While an armed insurgency in the oil- producing Niger River delta remains subdued, parts of the north have been hit in a campaign of violence by the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram, inspired by Afghanistan’s Taliban movement.
Nigeria’s economy, the third-largest on the continent after South Africa and Egypt, is projected to grow 8 percent this year, compared with 7.8 percent in 2010, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
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