President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday challenged Ministers-designate to reflect and assess the country’s position in 2015 and now so as to chart a course for the country for the foreseeable future.
The president gave the task when he declared open the two-day Presidential Retreat for Ministers-designate and Federal Permanent Secretaries at the State House conference hall, Abuja.
He explained that the purpose of the retreat was, among others, to familiarise the in-coming ministers with their colleagues at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) with whom they would work closely for the next four years.
President Buhari reminded the ministers-designate that they were appointed to assist and advise him on running the country efficiently.
“I congratulate all the new comers who the country has chosen above others to join the first term ministers whose performance has been outstanding.
“All of you are appointed to assist and advise the president in running the affairs of our country.
“At the end of the retreat, it is hoped that all of you will be in tune with the roles and responsibilities of positions you will occupy in government. Many national issues require unified decisions.
“It is a great privilege for you to be called upon to serve in these geat offices of state and you must grasp the chance with two hands and put in your best efforts as Nigeria today needs top managers to handle our numerous challenges.
“Finally, although this is called a retreat, I would like to think this is a preparation for an advance to the next level,’’ he further said.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, said the two-day presidential retreat was meant to be in sync with the policy direction of government, and contribute to the attainment of the next level goals.
“The objective of this retreat is to prepare the new Cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second tenure, having been chosen to drive and coordinate the affairs and activities of the various socio-economic and political spheres of our nation.
“This assembly will afford participants the opportunity to familiarise themselves with their roles and responsibilities as cabinet ministers, an understanding that will help to shape and streamline efforts towards achieving the delivery of dividends of democraca,’’ he said.
He expressed hope that the outcome of the retreat would set a strategic agenda which would define the course of action for the next four years of the Buhari administration.
Mustapha added that it was meant to set achievable targets and identify basic strategic options that would assist the new cabinet realise the goals for which the administration was elected to achieve.