Professor Obiora Named to Nigerian Cabinet Post
Rogers College of Law Professor Leslye Obiora will lead the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development for her native country, having recently been appointed by Nigerian President Olusegun Oba-sanjo to the post. As a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Obiora will serve in the President’s Cabinet, formulating executive policy for the nation. Under Nigerian law, ministers are collectively responsible for policies determined by the Federal Executive Council, so she will also take part in high-level decisions in other policy arenas. In addition, Professor Obiora is part of Nigeria’s Economic Team, which is responsible for the economic policies of the nation, “aimed at poverty reduction, job creation, wealth generation, and value re-orientation,” according to a document from the Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Her duties will include: formulating mining and solid minerals legislation, policies and regulations; enforcing mining laws and regulations; promoting Nigeria’s industry domestically and internationally; and supervising the many agencies operating under her jurisdiction, including the Nigerian Coal Corporation, the Nigerian Mining Corporation, and the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency.
The position is a one-year appointment, during which time Professor Obiora will be on leave from her teaching duties at the James E. Rogers College of Law. “This is a profound honor for Professor Obiora and a wise choice for the people of Nigeria,” said Dean Toni M. Massaro of the James E. Rogers College of Law, “It’s a wonderful chance for her to contribute so meaningfully to her native country.”