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Key into 9 priority areas of government – Minister charges new CEOs

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has charged the newly appointed Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of the nine parastatals under the ministry to ensure that the activities of their agencies key into the nine priority areas of government.

He made this known at the inauguration of the of the newly appointed CEOs of the nine parastatals under the ministry on Friday in Abuja, he said their appointments are based on merit, track record of achievements in their various fields, their competence and their years of dedication.

He emphasized that they should consider their appointment by Mr. President as a call to national service, and you must work hard to justify it. “A starting point is for you to ensure that the activities of your agencies key into the 9 priority areas of government.”While listed out these 9 priority areas: Build a thriving and sustainable economy. Enhance social inclusion and reduce poverty. Enlarge agricultural output for food security and export. Attain energy sufficiency in power and petroleum products. Expand transport and other infrastructural development.

“Expand business growth, entrepreneurship and industrialization. Expand access to quality education, affordable healthcare and productivity of Nigerians. Build a system to fight corruption, improve governance and create social cohesion. Improve security for all.

“Of particular relevance to your various agencies, especially those in the culture and tourism sectors, are priorities 1, which is to build a thriving and sustainable economy, and 2, which is to enhance social inclusion and reduce poverty.”We in the Ministry of Information and Culture have already started working on these areas through our ongoing reforms in the Creative Industry, which include culture and tourism sectors, and our efforts to put in place an Audience Measurement System”, he said.

He noted that the CEOs are joining a government that is doing so much with so little. “As you are aware, the resources available to the government have dwindled drastically, due to a sharp fall in the price of oil. Yes, we are diversifying the economy to reduce the dependence on oil.

“But the situation today has been worsened by Covid-19, which has stifled economies around the world. Yet, due to deft management of resources, this Administration is engaged in massive infrastructural renewal, whether in the areas of roads, bridges, rail or power. I urge you all to imbibe this culture of doing much with less.

“In the next two to three weeks, I will expect from each of you a report on where you plan to take your individual agencies to, and the road map for achieving such. This will form the basis for your period assessment. But I have no doubt that you will succeed and justify your appointments”, he said. Photo: Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

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