By Kingsley Omonobi and Chinyere Amalu
The former Minister of Health, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin and former Minister of Police Affairs, Dr. Ibrahim Yakubu Lame yesterday described their tenure in charge of the Ministry asÂ â€œfulfilling and great privilegeâ€.
While Osotimehin assured that malaria can be completely controlled in the country if the laid down plans by his administration is followed, Lame asked the police to protect all Nigerians and foreigners alike.
Osotimehin made this statement while handing over to Dr Idris Mamman, Director of Finance and Admin in the Ministry who stood in for the Permanent Secretary who is currently abroad on official duties on Friday in Abuja.
He said: â€œThough running the affairs of the health ministry was a most challenging and tough time. I was able to overcome the challenges by virtue of my previous public service experience and professional skills.â€
Lame urged the Police hierarchy to be committed in the daunting task of providing a secured and conducive atmosphere for all Nigerians and foreigners alike.
Lame, who was speaking while handing over to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs, Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji, in presence of the Inspector General of Police, Ogbonna Onovo and the Police management team, advised the Police High Command to be focused on implementing the police reform programme as it was the way out of the mirage of problems troubling the police and hampering provision of adequate security.
Responding, Alhaji Goni Aji commended the minister for his doggedness and personal conviction with which he pursued programmes aimed at bettering the lot of the police,Â adding that the minister did a lot in stabilizing the ministry because by the time he came, it was a new born child.
On his part, Inspector General of Police, Ogbonna Onovo described the handing and taking over as a solemn ceremony noting that when you have worked with for several months, and suddenly he is on the move, it can be unsettling.