President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, charged all 36 ministerial designates to be the vehicles that will administer change in the country, adding that they must avoid waste and conserve the nation’s resources.
Buhari made this known while giving his opening remarks at the presidential retreat organised by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation for ministers-designate.
The retreat, held inside the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja has the theme, “Delivering Change: From precepts to practice.”
Buhari stated that the minister-designates should count themselves privileged to have been chosen among millions of their compatriots to be the instruments that will deliver the change promised by the ruling party.
He said, “You are coming on board the ship of governance at an interesting time. So much has been said about the state of our economy. It is expected that we make the running of government at all levels as lean as possible, avoid waste and conserve resources. As Ministers, you must be the vehicle that will administer the change.”
He observed that the expectation of Nigerians was high and as such the work of restoration and renewal is urgent.
Buhari further said that the success of his administration should be measured through the number of Nigerians that will be moved out of poverty.
Buhari said, “My election as President of this country was hinged on my promise to tackle corruption, insecurity and revive the economy.
“We have already taken deliberate measures to plug leakages of government revenue and resources. You all know the steps we have taken to tackle Boko Haram. We have degraded them and in desperation, they are resorting to attacks on soft targets, killing innocent people.
“Diversification of the economy away from oil will be a major focus of this government. We will intervene in mining and agriculture and upgrade the country’s physical and social infrastructure, which will broaden our revenue base and significantly improve the level of employment, especially among the youth.
“Our economic focus will be policies that will ensure inclusive growth and we will count our achievements based on the number of Nigerians we move out of poverty.
“The objective of this retreat is clearly reflected in the choice of topics which you will be dealing with during the sessions. The need for observing the rule of law is being emphasised to ensure that impunity is removed from government conduct.”