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New Power Minister Assumes Duty, Calls for Synergy

 The new Minister of Power, Mr. Abubakar Aliyu, Monday assumed duty, calling on top officials of the ministry to ensure their big titles translate to stable and reliable electricity supply for Nigerians.

President Muhammadu Buhari had last week Wednesday sacked the erstwhile head of the ministry, Mr Saleh Mamman, in what he said was a bid to strengthen the weak areas in his government.



Aliyu, who was minister of state, works and housing, before he was redeployed, urged stakeholders in the power sector to work together as a team to ensure that steady power was delivered to Nigerians.

The minister said that the purpose he was sent to the ministry by the president was to ensure that electricity which directly affects the life of every Nigerian qas provided.

“I am here to work together with all of you. I listened carefully when some of you introduced yourselves with various titles working in the ministry of power. I want those titles to be translated to production of power to Nigerians from generation, transmission to distribution. That is when our titles will make more meaning.

“Otherwise, time would come when we would be ashamed to mention our names with those titles. So, I want to ask everyone from the permanent secretary down to the smallest on the ladder by rank in any part of the ministry of power to be dedicated and committed to the task ahead,” he stated.

He pledged to assist the officials of the ministry in carrying out their mandate , but demanded that the job must be carried out dutifully, with full dedication and honesty.

Aliyu stressed that while he was not a magician, he was in the ministry to add value to the sector, given the critical nature of the sector to Nigeria’s development.

“I am not an electrical engineer or having anything to do with power in the past but I am an engineer and I know when something is going wrong I will detect it. I will not allow it and I will try my best to make amends, together with you or without you, because that is my mandate, to ensure that we succeed,” he said.

Aliyu added: “Don’t look at me as the minister of power, that I have come to make magic, no, I am not a magician. I am coming to add value to what you have already been doing. So let us work together in honesty and full commitment.”

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Mr William Alo assured the minister that all the staff of the ministry were ready to work with him to deliver power to the people.

“In the ministry of power, all staff are working together as a team to deliver on the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure power is available to Nigerians.

“We know you are here to continue the good work of the president as it concerns the power sector. We assure you of our commitment to redouble our efforts to make sure we deliver on our mandate, ‘’ he said.

Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, who accompanied the minister, noted that his ministry will partner that of power to deliver on their respective mandates.

“I ask all of you to cooperate with him as the power sector is very critical, so we need to do the right thing to deliver power to the people,’’ he said.

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