By Franklin Alli
TheÂ Minister of Commerce and Industry, Senator Jubril Martins Kuye, and his Minister of State Ms. Josephine Tapgun, have assured industrialists and all stakeholders in the manufacturing landscape, saying:
â€œWe â€˜re ready to perform and defend our reputations in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.â€ â€œWe have to strive hard to implement the Ministryâ€™s programmes and projects 100 per cent . It has to be quality expenditure.
Expenditure on programmes and projects that will impact directly on the living standards of the people. This is what we have come here to do,â€ said Senator Kuye.
They made this promise recently when they formally took over the affairs of the Ministry fromÂ the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Abubakar MohammadÂ at theÂ Headquarters of the Ministry in Abuja.
Kuye said that the Ministry hasÂ important role to play in trade facilitation, industrial promotion, wealth creation and employment as well as poverty alleviation.
He further explained that no matter how good a policy may be,â€ if you do not have a strategy in place you cannot get performanceâ€ adding that performances cannot take place in a vacuum. Senator Kuye pointed out that most Nigerians were suffering and that it wasÂ the duty of major players in the public sector to make Nigerians move to higher level of economic satisfaction.
He said that the Acting President has charged all Ministers to be on their toes and perform well in order not to be shipped out from their post pointing out
In her remarks, the Minister of State, Ms. Josephine Tapgun said that they have been given a target and time limit to achieve the objectives and goals of the Ministry adding that they can not do it alone without cooperation of the staff.
Earlier, the Permanent Secrtary, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar had said that the Ministry has 2380 staff, 8 departments and 15 parastatals as well as ongoing projects suchÂ as campaign for patronage of made in Nigeria Products,Â World Exposition 2010, Shanghai, China May 1- October 31, 2010, and ECOWAS Trade Fair September â€“ October 2010 as well as numerous World Bank assisted programmes.