By Lateef Taiwo
The Permanent Secretary, PS, redeployed to the Nigerian Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD), Dr Mary Ogbe, has committed to strengthening the ministry towards proffering solutions to the challenges facing the nation.
While speaking at a valedictory session organised by the management of the ministry for her predecessor, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, on Friday, 2nd June 2023 at the ministry’s headquarters, Ogbe said all hands must be on deck as the nation looks up to the ministry in solving its socio-economic problems.
Dr Ogbe solicited that the outgoing PS leaves her door opened to consultations on effective and efficient ways of moving the ministry and mining sector forward to ensure holistic diversification of economy.
Earlier in her valedictory address, the outgoing Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, described the incoming accounting officer as a seasoned administrator with an impressive track record of delivering high quality performance and pledged her unalloyed support for the growth of the ministry and the mining industry as a whole.
She called on the management and staff of the ministry to dedicatedly assist the new boss in discharging her duties to ensure the completion of outstanding projects, which will create wealth and jobs for the teeming youths and generate revenue for the government.
On his part, the director, Human Resources, Mohammed Suleiman, expressed readiness of the ministry’s workforce to partner with the new Permanent Secretary in order to take the ministry to higher heights and boost the economy.
In the same vein, he thanked the former Permanent Secretary for her immense contributions towards realising the mandate of the ministry and growth of the mining industry.
In their good will messages to Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, the top government functionaries, who graced the occasion, unanimously, described her as a purpose-driven and passionate leader which reflected in her strives to improve the ministry’s standards.
The occasion witnessed the unveiling of the Electronic Document Management System, EDMS, capable of storing, organising and managing documents in the form of electronic files and enhancing performance in the ministry, a statement from the ministry said.