The Minister of State for Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor on Thursday urged all the staff of the ministry to support the incoming Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi to achieve successful tenure in the office.
Ikeazor made the call during the hand over and welcome ceremony of Abdullahi, who was appointed by the President, Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja.
The minister who stated some of the mandates, mission and vision of the ministry, said the staff and agencies under the ministry have really supported to ensure effective implementation of the ministry’s projects.
She implored the agencies, departments and the entire members of staff of the ministry to support the incoming minister, saying that their commitment would aid effective service delivery of the ministry.
“The staff is all well dedicated, the same support you have given me, you will please give to him, so that we will be able to achieve our mandates.
“We are working so hard to ensure that we implement our projects rightly; we are seriously working on the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (YPREP), which is Ogoni clean-up.
“Also, we are working on erosion and flood control, climate change which is the major achievement, having the climate change Act and the implementation of it.
“We all know that climate change is a serious issue, it’s all about life and future of our people.
“We are glad that the ministry has work so hard with the support of the President and his cabinet to give passage to most of our policies and the guidelines.
“We have prepared the handover note which contain the activities of the ministry, meanwhile our major policy is mitigating climate change and the impacts, sustainable environmental governance and sustainable waste management, among others,” she said.
While receiving the handover note from Ikeazor, the incoming minister expressed excitement over dedication and support of the staff, saying that such would enhance the activities of the ministry.
He said, “This is a big ceremony, I understand that programmes are ongoing, which I will not want to disturb rather to basically compliment the effort which the ministry has already done so far.
“In terms of policies and objectives and other relevant issues of the ministry such as erosion, climate change, among others, we will see how we can move forward and ensure we deliver the mandates.
“I will carefully go through the handover note and then if there is any question, I will definitely need attention to highlight more on such.”
Abdullah also commended efforts of Ikeazor, heads of the department and other management staff at ensuring effective service delivery.
He however charged the staff to continue working as a team and in harmony.
Abdullahi was appointed by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday in Abuja, with immediate effect from April 6. Until his appointment, Abdullahi was the Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation.