President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has urged members of his cabinet to work towards achieving the mandate of their ministries or be ready to leave his government.
Tinubu led this out on Wednesday, while giving his address at the three-day 2023 Cabinet Retreat for Ministers, Presidential Aides, Permanent Secretaries and Top government functionaries, with the theme: “Delivering on the Renewed Hope Agenda,” in Abuja.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration to take 50 million Nigerians out of poverty, saying, “Poverty is not a shameful thing, it is only unacceptable. And we have to banish it because it is unacceptable.”
”That is why we established Results Delivery Units. At the end of this retreat, you are going to sign a Bond of Understanding between the ministers, the Permanent Secretaries and myself.
“If you are performing there is nothing to fear. If you missed the objective, we review, if no performance you leave us. No one is an island and the buck stops on my desk.
“I assure you will have a free hand. You must be intellectually inquisitive to ask how, why, when, and why it must be immediate.
“I have taken a young lady, very dynamic Hadiza Usman to Head that delivery unit. If you have any complaints about her, see me. If you are ready to work with her stay there. Delivery? Yes! We must achieve it for the sake of the millions of the people.”
”Yes we have challenges in the Sahel, we have challenges of climate change. South and North of Nigeria are battered, we’ve all seen such.
”You have desert encroachment in the north but we are still blessed with arable lands. We can do it, we can build our country.
”It is not about the theoreticians, it is about practical determinations and focus evaluation. Yes, it is our country, we have no other one.
“Let’s be proud that we are Nigerians, that we can do it, you can show leadership. We can fight to make democracy a lasting reference for the rest of Africa.”