Nigerian central banker becomes finance minister

The president of Nigeria, Umaru Yar'Adua, appointed Shamsuddeen Usman, a deputy governor at the country's central bank since 1999, as finance minister.

Usman is a supporter of the country's free-market economic control programme, which was launched in 2003, and said during his screening by the Senate in July that the government should limit its spending to curb inflation and should deregulate certain key sectors to boost growth.