How we'll drive change agenda —Ministers

12/Nov/2015   //    Viewers:393    //    Likes:    //    Shares:    //    Comments:


The Ministry of Environment new Minister, Hajia Amina Mohammed pledged to harness available resources towards solving the numerous Environmental Challenges in the country.

Aisha stated this during her maiden ministerial press briefing, where she said the ministry will ensure that the time frame given to it will be used to make sure that the environment improves.
Similarly, the Minister of State for Environment, Mr Ibrahim Jibril emphasized that time was of the essence to ensure speedy implementation of the change agenda of the present administration.

The New Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Mr. Mukkar Hassan said Staff of the Ministry would co-operate, with the Ministers to achieve the desired goals.

Similarly, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, who was received with ovation by workers at the Federal Secretariat as he assumed duty after the inauguration of the federal cabinet by President Buhari, assured Nigerians of his preparedness to bring together processes and activities of all the ministries now put under his supervision for effective service delivery.

Fashola was ushered into the office by Mrs Grace Papka, the Director in charge of Human Resources of the ministry and thereafter went into private meeting with the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Louis Edozien and Directors in the ministry.

Also, the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Mustapha Baba Shehuri, also arrived at the complex where he joined the minister and the Directors at the meeting.
Fashola assured the ministry’s leadership of his willingness to learn from them as they are career people who have been on the job for a long time.

He told his audience that Nigerians are anxiously waiting for result, which in this case, is improved power supply nation-wide.

Also speaking the Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Shehuri, said that as a matter of urgency, he wants a detailed ministerial briefing document to serve as a guide as this will ensure proper take off.

The Director, Human Resources, Mrs. Grace Papka, gave copies of the requested documents to the two ministers and a time-table for proposed briefings by Departments and Agencies in the power sector.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, assured Nigerians that his ministry will make frantic efforts in creating jobs for the teeming Nigerian youths.

Addressing members of the management and staff of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment on his assumption of duty in Abuja, Senator Ngige said that the government would wage war against unemployment in the country.

He emphasized that government alone cannot provide everybody with employment as it can only create enabling environment for all other sectors to thrive, adding that the Ministry of Labour and Employment is part of the engineering that will pave the way for the private sector to generate jobs through development focused labour laws.

Also speaking, the Minister of State, James Ocholi, SAN, expressed confidence in the expertise of the management and staff of the ministry, which he believes, is in line with the change mantra of the present administration

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Dr. Clement Illoh, assured the ministers of the full cooperation of the management and staff of the ministry including its agencies, to actualise their mandates.

Minister of Transport and Aviation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, read the riot act to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and Directors of the merged ministries, that he would not entertain any form of sycophancy from them.

The Minister, who was accompanied by Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, and the new Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaji Sabiu Zakari, told the agencies under the merged ministries that he would not tolerate  unnecessary protocol, praise-singing and gossips.

Amaechi, whose receptive ambience relaxed the tension that came with his presence at the Ministry of Transport, said he would have no problem with any agency or staff for as long as they go about their work diligently.
He said he had come to the Transport and Aviation Ministry to work in line with the change mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

The Minister promised to complete all abandoned rail projects in the country, saying that a fully functional rail system will ameliorate transportation difficulties in addition to creating employment.

Meanwhile, Amaechi said he would resume fully next week Tuesday, stating that by then he would have been fully abreast with the two ministries from briefs between Wednesday and November 17, 2015 when he would meet with all the member of staff of the two ministries.

He, therefore, advised the staff of the ministry to brace up for quality service, bearing in mind that they had a mandate to achieve.

Speaking earlier, the new Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Sabiu Zakari, promised the minister his full cooperation, support and readiness of staff to work in line with the change mandate to deliver efficient rail, ports and general transportation system.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Alhaji Mohammed Bello, resumed with a vow to build on the achievements of his predecessors.

Bello, who arrived at the FCTA Secretariat, Area 11 soon after he was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari, was received by the new Permanent Secretary, Babatope Ajakaiye.

He had a brief meeting with some Directors and senior officials of FCTA and Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, in his conference room.
He paid tributes to the former FCT ministers and commended the staff for the way they had worked to build a modern city from scratch.

The minister called for re-dedication from the staff to fast track the development of the FCT with good infrastructure and services because “the FCT is the nearest to public eyes. Its success or failure can easily be seen.”

Bello, who promised to work closely with all stakeholders to achieve the mandate of President Buhari, called for support to enable his administration make Abuja a better place than it used to be.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru, and his Minister of State, Cladius Daramola, resumed duties with a warning to staff not to mislead them.

Pastor Uguru, who made the remarks shortly after receiving the handing over note from the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Wakama Asifieka, who also assumed duties about 24 hours earlier, urged directors and other top management staff of the ministry to guide the new leadership with transparency “because you are on the ground.”

He said further that the new team required the cooperation of all staff, including the messengers to deliver on the mandate of the ministry.
He asked each department head to come up with memos detailing the requirements and activities of their departments.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Folakemi Adeosun, assumed duties with a charge to the Directors in the ministry to work assiduously with her to deliver economic policies that would meet the expectations of Nigerians.

Mrs. Adeosun held a brief meeting with the Directors, where she was given the hand-over note by the most senior Director of the Ministry, Alhaji Haruna Mohammed.

She told them that the Buhari administration had a clear direction towards returning the nation to the path of growth and that a lot depended on the management and staff of the ministry.

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah, and his state counterpart, Aisha Abubakar, assumed duty with a pledge to hit the ground running.

Both officials reported at the ministry’s headquarters in Area 1, Garki at about 4.10 p.m. and were received by the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Aliyu Bisalla and other officials of the ministry.
Enelamah said he was excited over his appointment and the choice of ministry assigned to him by the President, considering his experience in the world of finance and investment.

The minister commended the out-gone acting Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ajiaya Mammam, and the entire staff for effectively running the ministry in the past six months.

He solicited for their cooperation and support with a promise to work with them for the realisation of the Federal Government’s change agenda.

The Minister of State, Aisha Abubakar, later reported at her office where she was also received by officials.
The Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Aliyu Bisalla, gave her an overview of the ministry’s mandate and pledged the cooperation and support of the entire staff.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after a tour of some offices under her purview, Abubakar also pledged to give her best in moving the ministry forward.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, said that he does not have the magic wand to turn around the fortunes of the oil and gas sector, but will work with other stakeholders and place emphasis on finding more oil and gas, monetizing these resources and putting money in the hands of the Federal Government.

Kachikwu also stated that the current fuel crisis being witnessed across the country would end in the next few days, as 
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, had increased its fuel supply by about 4,000 truckloads in the last three days, as against 2,500 truckloads per day in the past.

Speaking on assumption of office in Abuja, after his inauguration by President Buhari , Kachikwu said: “I do not have the magic wand. I might have some good ideas, but those ideas will have to come from all of us and all of us will have to buy into it.”

He disclosed that prominence will be placed on growing income, cutting costs and in helping the federation stabilize, noting that these steps were necessary guide to the direction his administration was headed.

Kachikwu, who also stated that he would continue in office as the Group Managing Director of NNPC, added that the country presently has products to meet 22 to 23 days of fuel demand and assured that the outstanding subsidy payments approved by the President would soon be paid to oil marketers immediately the government gets the approval of the National Assembly.

He assured staff of the Petroleum Ministry and parastatals under the ministry of an inclusive and conducive working environment.

Kachikwu further stated that executives of the various parastatals would be engaged with to see if they have the capacity and ability to deliver the change mantra.

On the issue of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, he said: “Government believes in the bill still. Government wants to see the PIB come through. However, government has indicated that there is a need to look at the PIB as was submitted to the sixth assembly and try and tinker with it.

Radio Nigeria Energy Correspondent reports that the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr Jamila Shu’ara, said the Minister was coming at a time the international oil market was in turmoil.

She said that the appointment of the Minister was a welcome development, given the crisis in the international oil market.
Shu’ara said the Ministry would support the Minster to achieve his lofty aim for the Ministry and the nation at large.

Source: Radio Nigeria


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