The new Minister of Communications has urged Directors, Heads of agencies and members of staff under the Ministry to uphold the tenets of team spirit in the discharge of their duties to achieve the Ministry’s mandate.
Dr. Ali Isa Pantami stated that the Permanent Secretary Mr. Musa Istifanus and himself cannot deliver the mandate of the Ministry alone without the cooperation of all other members of staff.
Dr Pantami stated this during his assumption of duty at the Ministry’s Headquarters, Abuja, Nigeria.
“The responsibility is not mine alone and I believe the Permanent Secretary and I cannot do it alone. We must come together as brothers and sisters to deliver our mandate.’’
“If we do what is right history would be very kind to us, if we betray the trust given to us definitely history is not going to be kind to us, because of this my message to everyone seated here, is to sit properly and ensure that the work is done, and the work must be done,’’ he stated.
Pantami reiterated that the Ministry and its agencies must work as a team and he would not allow any division to take place.
“We must be united because all of us are Nigerians and Nigerians must be treated equally,’’ he said.
He urged the agencies to work with the mandate that established them.
Dr Pantami said the role of the Ministry is supervisory, adding that each and everyone in the Ministry would be motivated to deliver on the mandate.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications, Mr. Musa Istifanus stated that the Ministry could help government to pull out 50 million people out of 100 million people living below the poverty line within 36 months and to impact on the lives of those living in Nigerian villages.
He said the ministry would adopt electronic files by the end of October and all letters coming to the Ministry would be scanned and responded within 48 hours to serve as example for other Ministries to follow.