Just several hours passed since inauguration as President Muhammadu Buhari ministers are ready to change Nigeria.
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Ibe Kachiukwu has already visited the Ministry of Petroleum Resources where he held meeting with the permanent secretary and other managers.
Kachiukwu while assuming the office said efforts will be channeled to enable that the working environment and perception of the ministry is changed.
He said: “The working environment and perception of this ministry must change and we are working on that in NNPC as well. Leadership must come from the ministry. We have dwindling resources and we must see how to cut costs and improve on earnings.”
“One thing is certain, and we can be sure of whichever time I spend here, it is going to be spent with a lot of respect for the dignity of people. I am a very respectful person and I give as much as I expect to have. So you wouldn’t have anybody treating you with some level of disrespect.”
“We will let the MDs of various parastatals work with us to understand what the agenda of this administration is. But fairly quickly, we will be able to sit down and see if they have the capacity to deliver those results. I want to put that on the table. I am not saying I am going to change people, but we would absolutely require them to show an ability to deliver the sort of change mantra that we are looking for.”
Contiuning, the minister added: “I like to respect processes and systems. There are reasons why the civil service processes are in place. I will challenge those processes to change and be fast and not to crawl, but I will not go outside the system. I don’t do that. I also respect hierarchy.
“The second thing is that we have dwindling resources and yet the whole nation depends on this ministry to provide the resources. So, we must be able to begin to put on the cap on how do we cut cost? How do we improve on earnings, how do we meet federation account requirements? How do we put controls that are essential to prevent leakages? How do we develop new income streams? How do we develop investments?”
Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated new 36-member cabinet almost six months after his own inauguration today on November 11.
The long-awaited ministerial list is smaller than that of Buhari’s predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, who had 42 ministers.
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