Fashola, Kachikwu, Others Resume At Ministries

Hours after the swearing in ceremony, some Nigerian Ministers resumed at their various ministries and addressed officials of the Ministries.

Some of the Ministers that resumed on Wednesday are that of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of State, Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, the Minister of  State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola.

Addressing reporters in his office on Wednesday, hours after their swearing in ceremony, Mr Ogbeh said the Ministry would continue along the lines of successes achieved by the immediate past administration.

He, however, said that the ministry would extend its services to farmers across the country ,while improving on some of the shortcomings of the past administration.

He also stated that the Ministry would place emphasis on export, while improving the food self-sufficiency of the country.

He added that, the Ministry would also lay emphasis on the involvement of youths in farming.

Ibe Kachikwu, who visited the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, met with the Permanent Secretary and other managers in the ministry.

Addressing them, Kachikwu said efforts would be made to ensure that the working environment and perception of the ministry was changed.

“The working environment and perception of this ministry must change and we are working on that in NNPC as well.

“Leadership must come from the ministry. We have dwindling resources and we must see how to cut costs and improve on earnings,” he said.

Fashola Targets Improved Power Supply

On resumption of duty at the Ministry of Power, Mr Fashola went into a close-door session with the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr Louis Edozien and Directors on the way forward in tackling the enormous task ahead.

The Minister said that his thoughts were on how to bring together processes and activities of all the Ministries now put under his supervision for effective service delivery.

He assured the Ministry’s leadership of his willingness to learn from them as they were career people who have been on the job for a long time.

“We are here to work with you, in solving problems on ground as quickly as possible, we want to know if some of those problems are man-made or systemic.

“We want information on what has been done, what remained to be done, and what are the future plans, we want to continue from there,” Mr Fashola said.

The Minister said he was also interested in how best to harness the available human resource and physical asset in the ministry, as all these information would assist the ministry in commencing work immediately.

“We need to do more so as to regain lost 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 Honourable Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing, Mr Mustapha Baba Shehuri said that as a matter of urgency, he wanted a detailed Ministerial Briefing Document to serve as a guide. “This will ensure proper take off,” he said.

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

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