President Bola Tinubu has urged his 45 newly sworn-in ministers to go beyond titles and positions and focus on their individual and collective contributions to the restructuring of the economy.
In a statement issued by Ajuri Ngalale on Monday, the President said this during his inaugural Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held at the council of chambers at the presidential villa in Abuja.
Last week President Tinubu sworn in his 45 ministers of state at the presidential villa in Abuja.
According to the statement, the President informed the new ministers that their daily decisions would affect the 200 million Nigerians’ hopes and aspirations.
He also encouraged them that he would relentlessly provide the focused leadership necessary to stop failure in its tracks so that long-term progress could be made.
“There are so many things we can and will do. Yes, some cynics will say it is impossible. But in your own dictionary of service, everything is possible, and it must be possible,” the President said.
The President warned that anyone who thinks appointments are for a set period of time is mistaken.
But he, therefore, expressed confidence that his carefully selected cabinet members are aware that his administration is a new one with a new strategy and a new mandate to deliver for Nigeria without complaint or justification.
President Tinubu also stated that the country will rely on the expertise, skill, knowledge, and networking of his ministers nominated to make progress in difficult circumstances.
He also said failure would not be excused under his watch.
“You and I know that expectations are high, and these are tough times. We must work hard and move ourselves to create a buoyant economy that will serve Nigeria.
The president emphasised to his cabinet that the alarmingly high employment rate in the nation is unacceptable. He also spoke of the dangers posed by climate change and called for cooperation to solve the issue.
Furthermore, the President reminded his cabinet that he is only one man and that their creative problem-solving thinking will mould his leadership as a President who listens.
“It is a great commitment that you have made to the country. Since your inauguration as a minister, you have become a servant for the people, serving all of the people, all of the time,” President Tinubu said.