By Lawrence Olaoye
President Muhammadu Buhari has explained that he created new ministries and delineated their functions with a view to ensuring service delivery to the people in his Next Level administration.
The President, in a short remark at the maiden Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting he chaired yesterday in the Presidential Villa, also charged the ministers on their need to cooperate, communicate with one another and work as a team for them to deliver on their mandates.
According to him, the weekly FEC which he chairs presents an opportunity for the ministers to interact an share ideas on regular basis.
He said “For the new cabinet members, this weekly meeting presents an opportunity to know your fellow ministers and exchange ideas with a goal of perfecting our stated policies which will positively impact on Nigerians.
“In the recently concluded elections, the majority of Nigerians who voted for us gave us a clear mandate: a, to enhance the security of lives and property across the entire country, b, to create a diversified and inclusive economy that will bring prosperity to all, and c, to instal governance and accountability in our systems and processes, thereby eliminating corruption.
“Therefore, all ideas and projects that will contribute to achieving these goals shall be foremost in our deliberations.
“For returning ministers, my decision to appoint you is based on merit. During our first term, you executed your mandate diligently in a patriotic manner. I expect you all to double your efforts in this second term.
“To enhance service delivery, we decided to restructure some functions which led to the creation of new ministries to achieve our goal of economic diversification and inclusive growth.
“For example, we merged the ministry of finance with that of budget and national planning, we also created a ministry for humanitarian affairs and disasters management and social development to fully institutionalized our various interventions that support some of the poorest and most distressed citizens of our country.
“Furthermore, we split the ministry of power, works and housing and ministry of transportation and aviation to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our infrastructure delivery programmes and projects.
“On security, keeping in mind the need to improve on our achievements we created the ministry of police affairs with whose purpose to oversee the development and implementation of strategies that will enhanced Nigeria’s internal security in synergy with other security and intelligence agencies. This will include supporting the re-establishment of civil authority in the liberated areas of the north east.
“We also created a new ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs this ministry will manage key projects and initiatives of the presidency. The minister’s role will include coordinating of multi-agencies and inter-ministry functions as designated by the President.
“I have instructed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to draft a schedule of ministerial responsibilities for my review and final approval.
“As I said during the recent retreat, we must work in harmony with each other. Communication and team work are the hallmarks of success.
I will conclude by tasking you all to keep in mind the oath you took in this very room three weeks ago. As a government our focus must remain that of safeless service. The safety, security and prosperity of Nigeria’s 200 million people are our responsibility, we must not fail them.”