By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has tasked members of the top Management team and heads of parastatals under the Ministry to view Service a matter of propriety and national conscience for the nation to truly experience good governance and national prosperity.
Fashola stated this, in his Keynote Address, at the 6th Edition of the Top Management Retreat for Directors, Chief Executives of Parastatals and Agencies, as well as Heads of Unit of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing holding at Owerri, Imo State.
The minister who thanked members of the Top Management Team and other staff of the ministry for their commitment to the successes recorded during the 2018 Yuletide season in the provision of adequate palliative measures in both the road and power sectors at curtailing power outages and bad road conditions occasioned by excessive rainfall and flooding leading to road washouts, numerous potholes, damaged transformers and felling of electric poles and power lines.
He disclosed that their commitment to “safe passage” for road users and increased stable electric power supply contributed in easing the pains and difficulties experienced after the rainy season especially during the festive season and encouraged them to do more in order to enhance good governance, service delivery to the people which cumulates in essence a prosperous Nigeria.
A statement signed by Principal Infomation Officer Olatunji John for: Director (Information) said the Minister further stated that Nigerians want energy, motorable roads and affordable houses across the nation and “we are privileged to providing these essential services”. He urged members of the Top Management Team to be proactive and ready to work harder as the raining season is already settling in.
Fashola expressed gratitude to President Mohammed Buhari for his gracious approval of the National Infrastructure Maintenance Programme for all public buildings in the country, adding that this will open windows of employment and job creation for the teaming population of unemployed youths and Artisans such as Carpenters, Electricians, Welders among others.
The theme of 2-day retreat “ Re-Inventing Governance for National Prosperity”, kicked off on the 22nd to 23rd March, 2019, witnessed 4 – paper presentations on topical issues such as Re-Inventing Governance for a Sustained Prosperous Nation, Enhancing Capacity Building Process in the Nigerian Power Sector for National Prosperity, Re-Inventing Governance for National Prosperity and Corruption: The Bane of Good Governance.
Also at present at the 6th edition of the Top Management Retreat were the Permanent Secretaries (Works and Housing) Bukar Mohammed and Power, Engr. Lius Edochie who gave the welcome address.