The newly posted Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Abdulkadir Muazu, assumed office on Wednesday, 3rd January 2018, with a pledge to build on the achievements of his predecessor in office, Mohammed Abass, who retired from the service in December 2017.
Dr. Muazu, who was received by top Management and staff of the Ministry, expressed gratitude to God and to President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve the nation in that capacity.
He said the remarkable stewardship and achievements of his predecessor was possible as a result of the harmonious working relationship that existed within the high level management and staff, adding that there was need to build on these achievements and continue to work together to assist the Honourable Ministers to transform the mining sector and make it one of the key drivers of the nation’s economic diversification.
The new Permanent Secretary solicited for the support and cooperation to succeed on the task before him and promised to maintain an open-door policy and to try to carry everybody along.
He enjoined all staff to be conscious of the fundamental ethos and core values of the civil service. “We are required to play by the rules. As top management, we all know the rules. We will strive to play by the rules and be fair to the system and the country. We are all serving a government that is pursuing fundamental reforms with three years strategic plan approved by the Federal Executive Council, and socio-economic sectors with the ERGP and Executive Orders. We must all be change agents to assist government to achieve its policies and programmes” he said.
He promised to take staff welfare very seriously saying, “our human resource is our most important resource and there was need to make the working environment as conducive as possible.”
The Acting Permanent Secretary and Director, Human Resource Management, of the Ministry, Mallam Sanusi Muhammed Ashiru, in his address welcomed the new PS and his entourage, assuring him, on behalf of the ministers, of the Ministry’s maximum support and cooperation to succeed in his duties.
Mallam Ashiru also told the PS that plans are on ground for departments, units and the agencies under the Ministry to brief him accordingly.
On the entourage of the new PS were the Permanent Secretary, Youth and Sports Development Mr. Adesola Olusade; Director Planning, Monitoring and Information, Mrs. Hauwa Kulu Akinyemi; Director Finance and Account, Ministry of Health, Mr. Tony Hassan; Director Human Resource Management, Mallam Umar Maigana and Director Finance and Accounts, Mr. Salihu Zakari both from the Ministry of Transportation, among others.
Rhoda Ishaku Iliya
Assistant Director (Press)