Be servants to your people, Tinubu tells APC govs

President Bola Tinubu, on Friday, advised governors elected on the platform of the governing All Progressives’ Congress to remain servants of their people by putting the people’s interest first and working for the good of their states.

“Make sure that everyone is carried along. You are now the servants of the people,” Tinubu said when he received the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, the returning Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, and the Governor-Elect of Kogi State, Ahmed Ododo, at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, on Friday.

Ododo and Uzodimma were at the Villa to present their certificates of return to the President who expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the elections he described as free, fair, and peaceful.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, revealed this in a statement he signed on Friday titled ‘President Tinubu to APC governors: remain servants of the people.’

To the governors, Tinubu said, “You worked hard for this victory. I am very proud of you, but the real challenge has only started, and it will stare you in the face.

“That is the challenge of good governance. Make sure that everyone is carried along. You are now the servants of the people. To God be all the glory for the victories, and may God guide you.”

He advised that once Nigerians and their concerns become the focal point of the governors’ plans and actions, not only will governance be easier, but they will enhance the value of their states and the people will have new opportunities to grow and enjoy a new standard of living.

“This must be your driving focus as governors, but especially as governors elected on the platform of our great party,” he emphasized.

Tinubu appoints Perm Secs 

Meanwhile, President Tinubu, on Friday, approved the appointment of eight new Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service.

The appointment follows “the recently concluded selection process by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation,” a statement signed by President Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, read Friday.

The statement is titled ‘President Tinubu appoints eight new permanent secretaries.’

According to Ngelale, the new appointees include: Ndakayo-Aishetu Gogo, Adeoye Ayodeji, Rimi Abba and Bako Deborah Odoh.

Others are Omachi Omenka, Ahmed Umar, Watti Tinuke and Ella Agbo.

In another development, President Tinubu, appointed a former Minister of Finance under the Umaru Yar’Adua administration, Dr Shamsudeen Usman, and nine others to serve on the Board of Directors of the Ministry of Finance Incorporated.

This follows the President’s drive for “accurate and purposeful performance assessment of both commercial and non-commercial government-owned enterprises and the consistent attainment of the highest returns possible on all investments made in trust of Nigerians,” a statement by Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, revealed Friday.

Among the appointees are the board Chairman, Dr Shamsudeen Usman; CEO/Managing Director, Dr Armstrong Takang; Executive Director, Portfolio Management, Mr. Tajudeen Ahmed; Executive Director, Investment Management, Mr. Femi Ogunseinde and Executive Director, Risk, Mrs. Oluwakemi Owonubi.

The President said he expected “nothing less than the highest level of results-driven performance from this highly experienced and qualified MOFI Board and Management team.”


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