By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA – President Mohammadu Buhari on Thursday called on his ministers-designate to join hands with him and restore the lost glory of Nigeria in all spheres after they were sworn in as substantive ministers.
He said that expectations were high from his government, stressing that they must collectively live up to the challenge of meeting the demands of Nigerians.
The president made the call while addressing the 36 ministers-designate at a retreat organized by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in Abuja.
While congratulating the appointees on their successful screening and confirmation by the Senate, president Buhari however asked them to be count themselves privileged to be called for national service amongst millions of Nigerians.
According to Buhari, the retreat marked the first contact of the designates to the machinery of government, urging them to work as a team.
He said: “It is with great pleasure that I address you today, my Ministers-designate, at this Retreat in preparation for your swearing–in as the Cabinet that will run this Administration. We must count ourselves privileged to have been chosen among millions of our compatriots at this historic time to be the instruments that will deliver the change we havepromised.
“Let me congratulate you for your success at the various levels of screening that culminated in your confirmation by the Senate.
The work of restoration and renewal is urgent and immense. The expectations of Nigerians are high. Our determination to succeed and change the fortunes of our country must be equal to the challenge.
“I have invited you to join me in this urgent mission for our country. I am convinced that in accepting this invitation you are also equally determined to take part in this patriotic undertaking.
“This Retreat, therefore, marks your first official contact with the machinery of Government, of which you will soon be an integral part. It is important that you are fully acquainted with the direction and priorities of this Government so that we can all move together as a team.