Ikeazor appeals for support of FMEnv staff

By Chuks Oyema-Aziken

Minister of State for Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor has assured that the affairs of the ministry would be highly protected and developed under her watch.
Ikeazor made the pledge while receiving the handing over document from the former Minister of Environment, Dr. Muhammad Abubakar in Abuja.

In a brief speech, she appealed for maximum support from the staff of the ministry. 

“We all serve the same government, and we all serve at the pleasure of Mr. President. Just as the outgoing minister has said duty calls him to another ministry, and duty calls me to stay here, and take charge of the affairs of the ministry of environment until the president, at his pleasure, calls me elsewhere. 

“So, I thank you for our good working relationship which will definitely continue. And to the directors as well, I ask that the same support that was given to my brother continues. Because this is not a break, but a continuation of what has already started and it should continue that way for us to deliver on our mandate,” she said.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Abubakar, affirmed that in the last two years, the ministry had achieved tremendous successes in areas of Ogoniland clean up, climate change issues and concerns, together with formulation of policies and environmental service matters, which had positively redefined the country’s environment sector. 

He expressed gratitude to the Minister of State for her support, cooperation and resilience, which resulted in the numerous achievements recorded in the ministry during the two years they worked together. 

Abubakar stressed that environment and agriculture have a lot in common. He assured that the two ministries would continue to work together to boost the fortunes of the environment sector.  

“We have achieved so much in the last two years in terms of programmes, projects and especially policies that have now changed the narration of the sector much more positively. 
“We have brought people together to understand the importance of the environment. I can say that the last two years have been very much worthwhile. 
“I have enjoyed working here greatly with everyone. I wish I can continue working here with you, but duty calls,” Abubakar said.
The permanent secretary of the ministry, Mr. Abel Olumuyiwa Enitan, wished the outgoing minister more success stories in his new assignment, while assuring the minister of state of the continued loyalty, support and cooperation from the management and staff of the environment ministry.
Dr. Muhammad Abubakar, was redeployed to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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