President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration is poised to record more successes that will meet the expectations and yearnings of all Nigerians.
He made the declaration on Wednesday at the swearing-in of Ministers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said: “Our primary business over the next four years is to work together, towards delivering the results that the people of Nigeria expect from us. We have a great opportunity as an administration to build on the progress already made in order to build a fundamentally shift Nigeria’s trajectory on the path of steady growth and development.”
He however said the administration will continue to recognize the successes it has already recorded in the past four years.
“While recognizing the existing challenges and the urgent need to surmount them, we must not fail to note the progress we have made since inception,” he said.
The President said the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan introduced by the current administration would be sustained in order to engender growth and promote the value chain of infrastructural development.
“We believe that we can sustain our legacies and developmental strides if they are based on sustainable policies and good governance.
He charged the Ministers not to allow political or ethnic difference affect their job.
“We can only make meaningful progress in our restoration effort, if we all commit ourselves to addre4ssing the challenges confronting our nation in the best interest of our people and posterity.
“We must not allow such issues as political affiliation, sectional interest, and primordial loyalties to blind us against our patriotic obligation to drive our nation’s growth, development, and prosperity in an atmosphere of enduring peace, security and stability,” he said.
The President urged the Ministers to maintain a harmonious working relationship among themselves and work closely with the Permanent Secretaries in their various ministries.
“I must emphasise the importance of communication and harmony within our government. You must therefore work in harmony with your fellow Ministers; communication vertical and horizontal can only be ignored at a price,” he said.
The Nigerian leader informed the Ministers that their performance and that of their various ministries would be tracked, to guarantee efficiency.
“Dear Honourable Ministers, as you are aware, the Federal Executive Council Meeting is held on a weekly basis. As part of efforts towards ensuring effective delivery on our priorities, I have directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to track the progress against what we have committed to do to achieve these objectives. He is therefore expected to report the process of implementation and outcome to the Federal Executive Council,” the President stated.
The Ministers were immediately driven to their offices, soon after the swearing-in ceremony, accompanied by their Permanent Secretaries, to take over proceedings, as directed by the Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha.
The Secretary to Government was the first to take his oath of office, after which the 43 Ministers were sworn-in in nine batches of five each.
The colourful ceremony was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan and Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Ahmed Idris Wase, among others.