President Muhammadu Buhari has charged his team players to defend the government vigorously and not allow irresponsible and politically motivated activists to keep spreading patent falsehoods about this government.
“I have to charge all of you to defend the Government vigorously and not allow irresponsible and politically motivated activists to keep spreading patent falsehoods about this government. Information to the public should be better packaged. Go on the offensive. We are proud of our achievements and we should blow our own trumpets.”
The President, who spoke today, September at the close the ministerial performance review retreat in Abuja, announced that he had directed that a Central Delivery Coordination Unit at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation should be revived to ensure the much-needed synergy and focus on results.
“The Secretary to the Government of the Federation is to ensure regular reports on progress are submitted.”
The President, who stressed that the aim of his government is to gradually close the gap between the different classes to bring joy to a greater number of the citizens, emphasized the importance of those top government official to work as a team.
“I charge us all to play as a team, because that is what we are. A convoy is however only as strong as its slowest vessel. To this end, the days of insufficient collaboration, coordination and synergy among implementing Ministries, Departments, and Agencies should be over.”
He reiterated that all submissions for his attention or meeting requests should be channeled through the Chief of Staff, while all Federal Executive Council matters should be coordinated through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
“I have directed the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, and all other responsible Agencies to ensure speedy and timely release of funds to MDAs for implementation of the
N2.3Trillion Economic Sustainability Plan and the Capital Projects in the 2020 Budget.
“I also enjoin Ministers to ensure that funds released are utilized efficiently and transparently in implementing the programmes and projects along the Nine Priorities of Government.”
President Buhari charged Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and all Heads of Parastatals to be continuously conscious of their commitments and responsibilities, saying: “on behalf of the people of Nigeria, I demand the uttermost level of performance, deliverables, and results. I look forward to a result-oriented year, with tremendous benefits that will continue to change the lives of our people positively.”