The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has called for readiness among the staff of the Ministry in order to achieve the mandate of the Federal Government for economic growth and development as well as job creation in the country.
While expressing his resolve to provide the needed leadership, Fashola who was the immediate past Minister of Power, Works and Housing, said the need to achieve the mandate was in line with the clear mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari had in his speech while swearing in the Ministers earlier, made it clear that he wanted the Ministers to further grow and stabilize the nation’s economy.
In his address to the senior management staff of the Ministry at the Conference Room in Mabushi on resumption after the inauguration at the State House, Fashola expressed joy that the staff had remained faithful to some of the works left behind by his team during the last first tenure of the administration but warned that there was still work to be done to consolidate on the foundation so far laid.
He, however, noted that there is still a lot of work ahead in spite of what has been achieved
“I offer myself ready and willing to do my part by providing leadership and I trust that all of you are ready as well.
“The mandate of Mr. President is very clear and it derives from his mandate to the people of Nigeria. And if you watched the Swearing-in ceremony and listened to the President’s speech, he wants us to be his eyes and ears and his agents to serve all the people of Nigeria and that is what we must set out to achieve”, Fashola said .
Fashola also pointed that President Buhari was clear about the need to sustain the growth already experienced in the economy.
“The economy has grown from recession and out of recession and it has grown for consecutive eight quarters. But we need to double that growth and even multiply it, but that will depend on how we work this time. The central purpose is to create prosperity and to create jobs and I think this is possible”.
Fashola also pointed that the immediate need was to work out a budget for the Ministry in the next two weeks, urging all the agencies and departments of the Ministry to work closely with the Permanent Secretary to achieve the feat.
He also added that the budget remained the article of faith between the government and the governed.