Kasim Sumaina and Tayo Olaleye in Abuja

Dr. Abdukadir Muazu, wednesday assumed duty as the new Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.

Muazu, who replaces Alhaji Muhammed Abbas, who retired after attaining 35 years in service promised to build on the achievement of his predecessor.

In his acceptance speech in Abuja, the new Permanent Secretary, stated that he is happy to assume office even as he seeks the cooperation of staff of the ministry.

According to him, “As Mohammed Abbas noted in his handing over notes, the achievements could not have been possible without the conducive and harmonious working relationship that existed within the high level management of the ministry as well as the support and cooperation of top management and staff.

“We must continue to build and work together to assist and support the honourable minister and the minister of state and their determined effort to rejuvenate the mining sector and managed it as one of the key drivers of our nation’s economic diversification.”

I will maintain an open door policy and try to carry everybody along .I will try to listen not only to what I want to hear but also what I need to hear. I urge you to kindly endeavour to tell me not only what I want to hear but also what I need to hear.

Muazu said, “As public servants, we shall at all-time be conscious of the fundamentals and core values of the service, honesty, accountability, loyalty, integrity and incorruptibility.

“We are required to play by the rules and as top management we all know the rules. We will strive to play by the rules and be fair to the system and the country. We are all serving a government that is pursuing fundamental reforms in both public service and the 3 years strategic plan approved by FEC and socio economic sectors with the ERGP and Executive Orders. We must all be the change agents to assist government to achieve its policies and programs.”

He added that: “We must also try to take the welfare of our staff very seriously. Our human resource is our most important resource and we shall try to make the environment under which we walk as conducive as possible.
“I will study the handing over note and in the coming week take briefs from head of departments and units in order to get familiarised with the workings of the ministry.

Continuing, he said: “I therefore wish to use this opportunity to ask for your support and cooperation as I settle down to learn and lead. I’m aware that I have a lot of learning to do. I am ready to listen and learn so that together we can support the Chief Executive to achieve the noble ambition and objectives of the road map for the growth and development of the Nigerian Mining Industry aptly tagged “on the road to shared Mining Prosperity.”