Lai Mohammed has revealed why he was retained and reappointed as the Minister of Information and Culture by President Muhammadu Buhari, Concise News reports.
Addressing the management and staff of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, he charged them to work harder to justify the confidence of Buhari.
Speaking at his inaugural meeting with the Permanent Secretary and directors at the ministry immediately after he was sworn in, the Minister said his re-appointment and subsequent posting to the ministry was a mark of confidence reposed in him by the President.
“My charge to all of us is to please redouble our effort so that we can justify the confidence Mr. President has reposed in us. That Mr. President has reappointed and posted me back to this ministry is a measure of the confidence he has in me. So I think we all need to work hard,” he said.
“Let me express my joy at the prospect of working again with the Directors that I worked with in the last administration. Whatever success we had achieved was because of the cooperation and collaboration of Directors who worked with us.”
Mohammed said he would continue to work very closely with the Permanent Secretary and the Directors in order to implement the core mandate of the ministry.
“There must be synergy between the Minister and the Permanent Secretary and I must say that I have enjoyed very cordial working relationship with my Permanent Secretary, and I am very glad that that relationship contributed in no small measure to the moderate success we achieved. We need your cooperation because we can’t do it alone,” he said.
The Minister also thanked the Media team that worked with him in the past four years, saying the team did a lot to publicize the activities of the ministry.
In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Deaconess Grace Isu-Gekpe, expressed delight at the reappointment of Alhaji Mohammed and pledged the readiness of the management and staff of the ministry to support and cooperate with the Minister to enable him to achieve his mandate.
“It’s actually been my desire to have you back sir. We are all very glad to have you back to continue where you stopped. There is a lot of work here and I believe that you will surely take this ministry to the next level.
“I want to say welcome back to your family and all of us are ready to work with you to take this ministry and the whole nation, in areas of information and Culture, to the next level,” she said.