President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, told the incoming ministers to submit any request meant for him to his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, while all executive matters should be forwarded to Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha.

The president also charged the ministers-designate, who are expected to be inaugurated today, to work collaboratively and purposefully to achieve quicker results.

President Buhari in his closing remarks at the two-day Presidential Retreat for the incoming ministers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, told the new cabinet members to be conscious of the fact that four years was not a long time. He told them to ensure they engaged and benefit from the experience of the older ministers and former governors in the cabinet.

Buhari said: “In terms of coordination, kindly ensure that all submissions for my attention or meeting requests be channelled through the Chief of Staff, while all Federal Executive Council matters be coordinated through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

“Public service is not easy work, and at times, it can be thankless. I am, therefore, charging you all to see this opportunity to serve as an honour, to give your best to deliver on this mandate, for a more prosperous Nigeria, not for some, but for all Nigerians.

“You will find that working collaboratively and purposefully will enable us achieve quicker results, recognising that four years is not a very long time. “For the new ministers, make sure you engage and benefit from the experience of the older ministers and former governors in the cabinet.

“After two days, we have come to the end of a successful retreat. However, you will agree that our work is just beginning.”

The president said the last two days of the retreat had been very instructive for him personally, because he had the opportunity to know many of the new ministers-designate better. The president said he was pleased to see that they had all equally enjoyed debating and deliberating on the various challenges before them over the next four years.


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