The reappointed Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, says he considers his position as President Muhammadu Buhari’s show of confidence in him to serve in his Government, hence his pledge not to abuse the trust and confidence bestowed upon him.
Speaking to journalists in Yola, Adamawa State, Mr. Mustapha, said the Federal Government was working to provide the enabling environment for job creation to the teeming youths in the country, because the government alone could not provide jobs for every Nigerian, but would create the environment conducive for jobs to be created to enable businesses thrive.
He said such enabling environments would be provided through the construction of roads, regular power supply and access to funds from banks, such as the Anchor Borrowers’ programme to encourage youths to engage in farming businesses to create small and medium businesses.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation said it was the responsibility of the government to provide the needed funds and enabling environment for youths to even become employers of labour.
According to Mr. Boss Mustapha, the reappointment is a time for sober reflection, because of the weight of the trust and responsibility of the office, which he would take seriously.
“It is sober time for me, being honest with you, that in the last couple of days, I have been weighed down with the enormity of the responsibility of the office and the trust that has been bestowed in my hands. And one big cry I have in my heart is that, that trust of confidence shall not be abused. I should take my responsibility seriously, because the destinies and the lives of the people of this country hang in a balance by certain actions or inactions that I would do functioning in that office,” Mr. Mustapha said.
On the issue of security, the Secretary to the Government of the federation assured Nigerians that a lot of progress had been made in the fight against insecurity, because of the contributions made by the security agencies in the country.
He said recent efforts by the Nigerian Police and State Security Services had showed that the process of ending security challenges in the country had been discovered and were being followed to tackle the issues confronting the nation.
Mr. Boss Mustapha said some of the ways of ending the security challenges in the country were in the unity of all Nigerians and intelligence gathering, where his office was now working on in getting the cooperation and support of traditional rulers and religious leaders.
He believed that if the problem was not tackled holistically, not only a section of Nigeria would be affected; the entire country.
The SGF is now calling on all, especially media men, to enlighten the public to report to security agents any suspicious person in their area.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Friday last week, reappointed Mr. Boss Mustapha as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, with effect from May 29, this year.