Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday charged two new ministers who were sworn-in to support the government’s economic recovery plans and its anti-corruption crusade by living exemplary lives.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of Professor Stephen Ocheni representing Kogi state and Mr. Suleiman Hassan representing Gombe state, shortly before the Federal Executive Council (FEC), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Osinbajo said the FEC is one that is committed to the very far reaching and reform programme of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
According to Osinbajo “that reform programme is contained in our Economic Recovery and Growth Plan. We have focused our attention on key areas of that economic recovery plan and we believe these key areas are things that needs to be done to make a difference in the Nigerian economy and in the lives of Nigerians”.
He listed the key areas of the Buhari government as security and the anti-corruption fight“ stressing that the government “expect that members of the Federal Executive Council will focus on these key areas as well. We have, of course, made tremendous progress in security, we have issues and challenges here and there, but they are, compared to where we are coming from very minor indeed and we are tackling them on a day by day basis”.
On the anti-corruption fight, Osinbajo said “we are focused. We believe that the primary thing is for those of us who have the privilege of serving to ensure that by our own point and actions we support the anti corruption fight and also that our conducts will be exemplary so that we will show by practice not just by words that we are determined to ensure that this country is run by a good government. And where there is honesty and integrity service will be delivered,” Osinbajo emphasised.
While congratulating the new ministers, Osinbajo charged them to be committed to their new task of supporting the government in achieving it’s set goals.
“I can only say going by your antecedence as contained in your resume read out, it is evident that you are deserving of positions held in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that you are capable of rendering all the task that will be given to you. The only reward is more hard work and I wish you the best as ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.
The two new ministers confirmed by the Senate in May in accordance with section 14 sub-section 123 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, were sworn-in shortly before the commencement of he Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, on Wednesday, at the Council Chambers, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The two new ministers respectively replaced the late James Ocholi who died in an auto accident in 2016 and Amina Mohammed, who resigned to take up the position of Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), in February, 2017.