The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan has congratulated the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha on the occasion of his 66th birthday.
Lawan in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Ola Awoniyi in Abuja on Saturday, described Mustapha as an erudite lawyer, public administrator par excellence and amiable politician.
“I share the joy of his friends and family members in rejoicing with the SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha, on this occasion of his birthday.
“Mr Boss Mustapha since assuming office in 2017 as the SGF has made his mark and can be proud of his enviable track record in the office.
“He has helped a great deal to build synergy between the Federal and state bureaucracies and promoted harmony among all the tiers of government.
“Mr Boss Mustapha won the admiration of many Nigerians especially by the way he efficiently coordinated the battle against the dreaded coronavirus as the head of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. “The SGF has also demonstrated his committment to accountability and transparency in government procurement processes through the collaboration of his office with Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative, an international outfit that promotes these values in governance.
“Mr Boss Mustapha is a loyal and committed member of our great party, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and has never waivered in deploying his energy toward effective and efficient coordination of the policies and activities of the Federal government.
“I pray the Almighty God to grant him many more years with peace of mind and in good health,” Lawan said.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Abuja congratulated Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha as he clocks 66 years on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Buhari’s media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, stated that the president extolled the political leader and diligent public servant for his dedication to nation building since his youthful days in the 1980s.
The president noted the commitment of the SGF in ensuring fluidity of ideas, teamwork and harmony, and efficient transitions of policies into gains for Nigerians.
He also extolled him for being active in legal practice, politics and governance, with distinctions in every assignment.
He affirmed that Mustapha’s historic leadership roles like chairing the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, would continue to stand him for recognitions.
President Buhari prayed for the wellbeing of Mustapha and his family, Shehu stated.
There is no doubt that this year's birthday anniversary is going to be the very last anniversary Boss Mustapha would be celebrating as the 19th Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) under President Muhammadu Buhari administration which will be ending exactly on May 29, 2023. However, it is important that I highlight the intellectual idea that has become the guiding principles for the SGF upon his assumption of office as the 19th Chief Scribe of the nation on November 1st, 2017. Unarguably, Boss Mustapha is in the category of the very few Nigerians who has displayed uncommon loyalty, dedication to duty and selfless services to the nation and humanity at large. As the 19th Secretary to the Government of the Federation and one of the longest serving Chief Scribes of the nation, Boss Mustapha would go down in history as an untainted public servant who has never compromised his principles, beliefs and ethics of service for political correctness or parochial interest. Rather, he has served with due diligence and honesty; puting the interest of the nation first before any other consideration. At this point, let me share little ideas about the Office of the SGF. According to Mustapha, "The office provides the operational basis for the presidency. Technically, we provide the President with the secretariat to function efficiently and effectively." "We also provide advisory support to the presidency and government institutions. The office is structured in such a way that you have to coordinate the activities of government from a wide perspective, because you are dealing with agencies of government, ministries, or institutions, etc. So, it's really a mixture of a lot of things." Though a politician by calling, but high moral standards, probity and fairness to all people has been his guiding principles. These are the qualities that has endeared him to the heart of many Nigerians as one of the most stable and uncontroversial personality of the Buhari administration. Interestingly, since his appointment, he has never been found wanting in the discharge of his duties as there has been no covert or obvert case of corruption, abuse of office, dereliction of duties and misdirection of state's agenda or embezzlement of all sorts that have been found against him or his office before the prying eyes of the various anti-graft agencies. Instead, the office has served as the coordinating and monitoring room for the effective and smooth running of state's affairs and the delivering of services to the people. Undoubtedly, the Office of the SGF been a frontline advisor institution to the President and which has the mandate to coordinate government policies, monitor and ensure full implementation of those policies, programmes and projects has lived above boards in the last six years. We saw how a stable personality in the person of Boss Mustapha has stabilized the act and science of governance under the Buhari Presidency. The executive and the legislative arms of government now work together for the interest of Nigerians without undermining each other or shirking their responsibilities. Affirmatively, Boss Mustapha is one man who has defiled the trappings and egregiousities of office which had caused the downfall of many in their public outings. Probably, this is due to the fact that he sees public service as a call to serve humanity and not the direct opposite. Intrinsically, Boss Mustapha remains one of the very few chief scribes of the nation who has never travelled outside the country for any purpose even when there are compelling reasons to do so since his appointment; instead, he has remained dutifully committed to the task of bridging the gab between policy pronouncements and policy implementation by ensuring effective monitoring, coordination and implementation of government policies, programmes and projects to the admiration of many. Today, because of the effectiveness of the 19th SGF, the Buhari administration is never in lack of transformative policies that are capable of changing the lives and fortunes of Nigerians as there are many programmes and projects of the administration scattered all across the country. Nonetheless, one interesting hallmark of the Boss Mustapha's Secretaryship is the fact that files don't get trapped in his office as files are timely and frequently treated and acted upon in the best interest of the nation. Meanwhile, it is interesting to note that any government can make policy but the freedom to choose what to believe lies with the people; especially in the ongoing battle between the real news and the fake news. This is why the recent launch of the Presidential Delivery Tracks (PDT) and Central Delivery Coordinating Unit (CDCU) website to track and monitor government projects across the country is quite commendable. The PDT/CDCU App is a co-creation platform that aims to connect the citizens to governance in Nigeria by increasing citizens' access to the Federal Government's Presidential priority policies, programmes, and projects. "The goal of the PDT/CDCU according to report is to promote transparency and expand access to reporting on presidential priority policies, programmes and projects. This is by incorporating citizens as the third layer of reporting to offer vital information that will facilitate effective service delivery. Over the last two years, the PDT/CDCU had successfully driven FG's delivery initiative to incorporate a systematic feedback mechanism from the citizens into the design and operationalisation of its Performance Management System. "This is in recognition of the critical roles of the citizens in promoting inclusive and citizen-centered governance." Accordingly, the nine thematic areas or priority areas of the administration includes; 1. To Stabilise the Macroeconomy. 2. To Achieve Agriculture and Food Security. 3. To Ensure Energy Sufficiency in Power and Petroleum Products. 4. To Improve Transportation and other Infrastructure. 5. To Drive Industrialisation focusing on SMEs. 6. To Improve Health, Education and Productivity of Nigerians. 7. To Enhance Social Inclusion and reduce poverty. 8. To Fight Corruption and improve Governance. 9. To Provide Security for all citizens. This is why the PDT/CDCU objectives of developing the 'Citizens App' and the website is most commendable because it would make it possible for citizens to report accurately and provide feedback on the implementation of government's programmes and projects within their localities. However, it is right to state that apart from his primary responsibility as the Chief Scribe of the nation, Boss Mustapha is also the Secretary to the highest policy-making body in Nigeria which is the Federal Executive Council as well as the highest advisory body in the country which is the National Council of State. Other responsibilities given to him by Mr. President includes; 1, Chairman, Ajaokuta Presidential Implementation Committee, 2, Co-Chairman of the Nigeria Digital Identity for Development Ecosystem Project, 3, Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19, 4, Chairman, 15-man Inter-Ministerial Committee to organize the 62nd Independence Anniversary of Nigeria 5, Among others. In all these, Boss Mustapha has performed creditably well as the key words that keep resonating in all his engagements are excellence services, hardworks and patriotism. For Example, look at the excellent management of the Covid-19 pandemic by the PSC under his watch. From just two molecular laboratories and 500 daily testing capacity with inadequate manpower and facilities, the PSC successfully waged the war on Covid-19 with minimal casualties, averted national calamity, upgraded and repositioned our healthcare system and infrastructures to an optimal level. In the words of the SGF, "When we started, there were only two laboratories that could do COVID-19 test. But, today to the glory of God, it's notching up to about 150 or more; it's rising on a daily basis, both from the private sector and the public sector. A lot of isolation centers have been built. Our knowledge and our ability of management have also improved, because we are getting to understand it better, and our clinicians getting to know the modelling and how to provide care for people has improved tremendously." This is even as the World Health Organisation has ranked the country's response to Covid-19 as the fourth most successful in the World. In the same vein, a normalcy index published by The Economist Magazine based in the United Kingdom also ranked Nigeria as fourth on the list of countries whose responses to the Covid-19 pandemic have resulted to normalcy. These are not just mere eulogies, but the outcome of a careful and calculated studies of the various responses by different nations of the globe. Therefore, there is no better way to celebrate the 66th birthday anniversary of the nation's Chief Scribe than to sincerely give him a pat on the back as well as encouraging him to sustain the momentum in the remaining lifespan of the Buhari administration because the best reward for good governance is more services. At this juncture, I say Happy Birthday to you Sir!
"Comrade Edwin Uhara is A UN-trained Negotiator and APC Chieftain based in Abuja"
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the governing party, All Progressives Congress (APC), will bequeath strong political institutions that reflect their choices, through non-interference in elections.
Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman, in a statement, said the president gave the assurance when he received members of Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) led by its Chairman, Gov. Abubakar Bagudu, on Tuesday in Abuja.
The president cited outcomes of polls in Ekiti, Anambra and Osun States as indicators of his administration’s non-interference in political processes in the country.
According to him, non-interference in elections gives credence to the political processes, ensures participation and inclusiveness, and shows that the governing party respects the electorate.
He said APC, under his leadership, would continue to respect Nigerians by ensuring that their votes count and the people’s voices matter in choosing political leaders at different levels.
“I want Nigerians to know that we respect them, and for us to show that, we will allow them to vote who they want.
“We all witnessed what happened in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States.
What happened in those states gives me a lot of hope that we are succeeding,’’ he said.
On the forthcoming 2023 elections, Buhari said ”government will also ensure that Nigerians don’t get intimidated, or humiliated by those in positions, or the more privileged.
“We will not allow anyone to use personal resources or their influence to intimidate other Nigerians.
We will not allow intimidation materially, morally or physically.
”This is the kind of leadership that can emerge and consolidate our nation.
“In six months, Nigerians will appreciate the government of APC that we are sincere and we respect them.
” He urged the party’s political leaders to intensity efforts in “thinking, meeting and strategizing for the 2023 elections.
’’ In his remarks, the Chairman of the PGF thanked the president for his leadership, guided by wisdom and foresight, affirming that the Nigerian economy had been growing, in spite of the formidable challenges.
“We want to congratulate you on the positive trajectory of the economy, with the 3.5 per cent growth in the second quarter, up from 3.1 per cent of the first quarter of this year.
”Infrastructure projects are ongoing in parts of the country, and the social intervention programme is expanding,’’ he stated.
The governor said the growth trajectory had defied initial predictions of some multilateral institutions.
He affirmed that the World Bank and others had acknowledged the resilience of the economy, and reviewed their positions.
“Your Excellency, as we speak, there is drought in Europe and China.
The Ukraine-Russia war is taking a toll on economies.
”In the UK, there is rationing of electricity, and energy shortages in China.
“While other countries are banning food export, we are preparing for more production, in spite of floods in places like Jigawa State.
”We note your instruction for the release of 40,000 tonnes of grains.
“We also note efforts on improving security and measures to cut oil theft,’’ he said.
The PGF chairman told the president that some APC governors were contesting elections for the second term in 2023, with impressive records in their first terms.
“We note the pronouncement of ASUU.
We recall the appeal of the president to ASUU, while we were visiting Daura that they should consider the future of students.
”We will not dwell on that now.
We are ready to accept any negotiations for resolution,’’ Bagudu added.
The governor commended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha and Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, for their steadfastness and stewardship.
The Federal Government has rewarded 15 states of the federation for their outstanding performance on routine immunisation and COVID-19 response.
The awards were given through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).
The Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, said the awards were meant to recognise those who made remarkable contributions to immunisation in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that the award was organised to commemorate the 2022 African Vaccination Week (AVN).
AVN is an annual event celebrated during the last week of April in synchronisation with other World Health Organization (WHO) Regions and World Immunisation Week (WIW).
Mustapha said overcoming the misconceptions that followed vaccination was part of why the country had engagements with stakeholders and partners to promote vaccination uptake across the nation.
The SGF said this was further strengthened by conspiracy theories, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“At the peak, our traditional religious leaders who are community gatekeepers were not left out in the struggle.
“They invested their energy and time in mobilising the communities for the uptake of our health workers, some of whom we have lost along the way.
He said they moved around the communities from house to house to ensure that every eligible child received vaccines and was protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.
“We are here together today to reward excellence or excellent performance by individuals and states that have encouraged the vaccination in their states,” he said.
According to him, While it is safe to mention the impressive decline of death arising from COVID-19 due to the ongoing vaccination.
” We should not rest yet as the virus is still very much with us.
” The SGF said that the COVID-19 virus mutated and that made it more dangerous, calling on Nigerians to take all precautions.
“I had the privilege some couple of weeks ago, along with the emir of Argungu, the health minister, and those that attended the launch of the SCALES 3.0 to take our second booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
“That guarantees that the vaccine is safe and efficacious.
“So I would ask every one of you here that have not availed themselves to take the booster doses and first be prepared to take that second because COVID-19 is not in a hurry to go.
“Most of this is to encourage all around us to get vaccinated as a matter of priority,” he said.
According to Mustapha, “as of Monday, from the records I have, we have about 43 million doses of different brands of vaccines in our cold storage facilities.
“So there is no vaccine shortage, what we have probably is vaccine hesitancy and as long as we do not get ourselves and our loved ones across the nation in our villages and our communities vaccinated, we have a long way to go.
“This is where I will continue to appeal to our traditional institutions because they are close to our people,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, said Vaccination had made an important contribution to the decreased incidence of numerous infectious diseases and associated mortality.
The Sultan was represented by the Chairman of the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Primary Health Care Delivery (NTLC), and Emir of Argungu Alhaji Samaila Mera. He said that as traditional rulers, they would continue to collaborate with their communities to ensure that they take advantage of the health programmes to improve their health outcomes.
The states awarded were Kaduna, Adamawa, Edo, Lagos, Ebonyi, Benue, Jigawa, Gombe, Cross River, Ogun, Abia, Nasarawa, Kano and Yobe. The goal of the AVW is to strengthen immunisation programmes by increasing awareness of the importance of every person’s right to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.
It aims at keeping immunisation high on the national and regional agendas through advocacy and partnerships, and promotes the delivery of other high-impact life-saving interventions.
The AVW provides opportunities for countries to strengthen the delivery of immunisation services and draws attention to the progress made towards ensuring access to basic life-saving vaccination across the continent.
The over-arching slogan of AVW is “Vaccinated Communities, Healthy Communities”.
However, to commemorate this year’s AVW, Nigeria has adopted the theme “Long Life for All – Vaccinate for Healthy Living”.
The Emily AIG Imoukhuede Foundation in on Thursday awarded 40 civil servants with N500, 000 cash each, in fulfillment of its pledge made during 2022 Civil Service Week Celebration.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalled that the foundation had during the 2022 civil device week celebration, pledged to give the award to selected civil servants who performed creditably well in their different MDAs. NAN also reports that Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Chairman of AIG Imoukhuede Foundation, a major partner with the office of the HOCSF made the pledge of N500, 000 cash award during the service week to civil servants who distinguished themselves in their services.
AIG Imoukhuede is a non--mpartisan organisation with a mandate to champion the reform of the Nigerian economy into an open, private sector-led economy that is globally competitive on a sustainable basis.
Speaking at the award ceremony in Abuja, Mr Aig-Imoukhuede expressed delight over the present crop of civil servants in Nigeria with the innovative ideas initiated by the present administration.
Aig-Imoukhuede said the gesture became imperative and also served as a mark of honour to his late mother, Mrs Emily Aig-Imoukhuede, who was in her life time, an active civil servants before she retired from the service she rendered to her father land.
“Most worthy distinguished recipients of 2022 awardees, my friends in government, I am really glad to be here today.
Out of many things we have to fulfill, of course the principal thing today is to fulfill the pledge I made during the June 2022 civil service week celebration.
” The pledge and commitment I made on behalf of the AIG Imoukhuede Foundation when you all received your national recognition award during 2022 service week, by way of presenting to each of you the N500,000 cash ward in appreciation of excellent works you have done, ” he explained.
According to him, the Imoukhuede Foundation recognises how critical public servant is to actualising the dreams of any nation and the foundation has recognised public servants as one of its major partners.
He said as a son to a former civil servant, he had regarded how his parents were being regarded during their days in the course of their service to the nation.
According to him, public servants are one of the most important groups, but less recognised in spite of their imminent contributions to the growth and economy of the country.
In her remarks, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, expressed pleasure to witnessing such a gesture by her office with private partner.
Yemi-Esan said it was unusual for the office of the HOCSF to celebrate civil servants with cash award during any annual civil service week occasion.
“That is why I am really excited today that 40 civil servants have excelled at their duty post and each one of them has received half a million naira and they have their alert to prove that the money has actually gotten to their accounts.
” I can only say a big thank you to my big brother Aig-Imoukhuede for this and for putting smiles on the faces of the civil servants once again,” she said.
According to her, the gesture will motivate the civil servants to perform better than they did.
The HOS, however, advised the recipients to make good use of the money and not to relent in their efforts as the gesture could motivate them more in their services to the country.
Meanwhile, Mr Babatunde Aina, Director (Governance) Cabinet Affairs, office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and who is one of the recipients, expressed delight over the gesture by the foundation and the Federal Government through office of the HOCSF.
“I can say categorically that the AIG Imoukhuede Foundation has been in the public in the forefront of driving excellence in the public service.
“The foundation has been into a number of initiatives and this of us in the office of SGF can testify to this.
And we appreciate what you are doing sir.
Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has charged state governments to key into the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative to enhance transparency and accountability in governance.
Mustapha made the call on Thursday at the 2nd Quarterly Meeting of Secretary to Government of the Federation and Secretaries to State Government (SSG) in Asaba.
The meeting has as its theme, “Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Nigeria: Opportunities in Key Sectors of the Economy”.
He said the quarterly forum strived to build the required synergy between the federal and state bureaucracies, to enhance harmony and improve relationship between the tiers of government.
He said the appraisal provided a better appreciation of the scope of the office mandate and functions and more innovative ways of delivering them.
“In addition, the feedback process is also in place where citizens participate to have a greater say in public decision-making as well as the desire by many governments to improve inclusivity and responsiveness led to calls for more openness in governance.
“Pursuant to this, the Federal Government has been collaborating with an international transparency and accountability organization known as the OGP.
“This is to ensure that budget planning, approval, implementation monitoring and reporting meet the needs of citizens and that citizens have open access to budget information in a format that is both human and machine readable.
It is also “to improve accountability and transparency of government procurement process through the implementation of open contracting and public participation in the public contracting process, among others”.
Mustapha added, “Federal Government would continue to give priority to high employment generating sectors, business improvement environment and youth development and that social investment programmes will continue to be given the required attention.
“The active support and collaboration of sub-national governments is therefore very critical as we strive to resolve the present economic challenges of our country, Nigeria.
“The Sustainable Development Goals are being steadily implemented and substantial progress has been attained in a number of goals.
” As we work towards meeting the 2030 target, states are also encouraged to partner with the Federal Government in this area.
“I urge you to utilise the instrumentality of your office as the policy coordination hub of government to fast-track the initiation and implementation of policies and programmes.
“The states can as well harness the various opportunities in key sectors of the economy, offered by the federal government to improve the lives and well-being of our people,” Mustapha said.
He said the forum provided an atmosphere for critical discussions and policy articulation, experience sharing, peer review and adaptations.
“As you are aware, Nigeria operates constitutional democracy, which has characteristics such as guaranteed freedoms, equity, justice, transparency and accountability among others.
“Democracy also promotes an open participatory process, feedback mechanism, rule of law, thereby guaranteeing better and fairer government policies, programmes and project implementation.
“As Leaders charged with responsibility of servicing government machinery, policy coordination, monitoring implementation of programmes and policies and reporting in our respective jurisdictions.
“We need to address the question of how to effectively deliver democracy dividends in form of well-articulated policies, programmes and projects.
“At the Federal level, the realisation of the critical role of the SGF office in the coordination of government policies, programs and projects led to conduct of an institutional appraisal in 2019,” he said.
In his remarks, Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by the SSG, Chief Patrick Ukah, said that only an effective democratic governance helped to advance sustainable development.
He said the theme was apt as government at all levels strived to strengthen democracy and make the idea real.
Okowa lauded the SGF for keeping fate with the cause of advancing the Forum through continuous engagements with Secretaries to State Government.
The Keynote Speaker and former Head of Service of the Federation, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, said to ensure good governance, rule of law, social accountability, transparency and integrity, independence and high moral values must retake the centre stage.
He urged all leaders to provide direction, maintain order and put the interest of the people above self, adding that anything contrary would be counter- productive.
The Federal Government has indicated the need to revisit and remodel the ranching programme to address the recurring clashes between herders and farmers across the country.
This is contained in a memo by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, signed by a Director in the SGF office, Mr David Attah, and obtained by NAN on Tuesday in Abuja.
The memo titled, “Heightened misunderstanding between farmers and herders in Abia, Delta and Kwara States’’, was addressed to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and that of Information.
According to the SGF, the recurring invasion of farmlands by migrant herders with accompanying hostilities across affected agrarian settlements had continued to pose threat to food security.
He added that the situation had affected peaceful coexistence in the affected communities.
“The aforementioned development underscores the need to revisit and remodel the ranching programme.
“And to partly facilitate the campaign against inflammatory and divisive statements that are capable of escalating the subsisting crisis between farmers and herders,” the SGF added.
He urged the ministers to take necessary action on the matter to ensure peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders across the country.
According to him, there is a looming confrontation between itinerant herders and farmers in Opiene community, Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia over alleged invasion by the herders on farmlands in adjoining Oblene forest.
He said nomads numbering about 15 arrived the agrarian settlement from neighbouring Itu village in Gdukpani Local Government Area of Cross River.
According to him, the President-General of the community, Kalu Irem, had drawn the attention of the government to the matter and urged government to intervene to avoid confrontation.
“Similarly, uneasy calm has pervaded Ogwashi-Uku and Ubulu-Unor communities in Aniocha Local Government Area of Delta State, due to increasing presence of strange pastoralists in the area.
“The anxiety followed the refusal of some resident to serve as guarantors to the intruding herders, who have already encroached on some farms at Chibata and Aboh-Ogwashi villages in same LGA.
“Relatedly, in Kwara, some nomads operating around Marafa axis of Ilorin-East Local Government Area were reportedly ready to confront members of their host community.
“The planned confrontation was as a result of the recent attack on two of their kinsmen in the area.
“Meanwhile, the victims, Sadik Isah and Abubakar Bindo were said to be receiving treatment at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital,’’ he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the federal government had introduced the National Livestock Transformation Programme as a panacea to the farmer-herder clashes.
The government had in December 2021 released N1 billion to Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa and Adamawa states for the commencement of the remodelled livestock programme.
A total of 22 out of the 36 states of the country had in October 2021 indicated interest to key into the programme.
Initial attempt by the federal government in 2018 to establish 94 ranches in 10 states prone to herdsmen-farmers clashes was stalled due to misunderstanding of the programme by stakeholders.
The National Economic Council (NEC) chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had at the time approved a 10-year National Livestock Plan which will cost about N179 billion.
The retiring Permanent Secretary, Ecological Projects Office (EPO) Dr Habiba Lawal, has been described as a public servant who scored many firsts in the service of the nation.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha gave the commendation on Thursday in his remarks at the launch in honour of Lawal in Abuja.
Mustapha who was the chairman of the occasion, expressed gratitude for witnessing the event marking the pulling out of Lawal from public service after a glorious and successful career.
“It is more significant when the exiting public officer has deemed it fit to document such stewardship as a contribution to history and a guide to those coming behind.
“Let me begin by congratulating Lawal, academic, administrator, educationist, scientist, mother, family matriarch and motivator, on attaining the age of 60 and for a resounding public service career.
“She comes with a lot of firsts, in the class of achievers.
She also graced the retirement with launching of her book on the experience she gathered in the EPO office.
“At the peak of her career, she was appointed a Permanent Secretary in 2013, thus becoming one of the longest serving in that class, today.
“It is also on record that she served as the acting secretary to the government of the federation for at least six months before my appointment in 2017. “By way of speaking, therefore, it will be right to call her my predecessor,” he said.
Mustapha said prior to the retirement, she excelled in the discharge of her duties while serving as acting SGF.
He commended her for bringing experience to bear on the office as such effort made it easy for him to take off smoothly.
“Lawal worked with transparency, dedication, commitment and the drive distinguished her as an exemplary public officer.
“The result of her leadership in the EPO is documented in two volume of publications issued from that office.
That is another first in the history of the office” he said.
The SGF congratulated members of her family, asserting that their mother and matriarch had been of invaluable service to the nation and to humanity.
“We are indeed proud of her, immensely.
” “Moments like this enable public officials to reflect on what to do to make the best use of the most experienced, dedicated, diligent and resourceful officers, especially in their retirement,” he said.
Mustapha, while unveiling the book, titled: “Account of My Stewardship in the Management of Ecological Emergencies in Nigeria”, said that the book would remain relevant for the entire staff of EPO.
The Head of Service (HOS), Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, said that Lawal was honest and left good example in the service.
“Lawal is my friend, my sister and a wonderful collugue; she helped me a lot in the discharge of my duty; she never relent each time I call her for advice, a good counsellor indeed.
“Lawal is always on top of her job, her language goes this way: ‘please don’t let this work spoil, let’s work together and make it right’.
” “For the family, you have a jewel as a mother and grandmother.
“My prayer for her is that God will reward her in all her effort and commitment, for I know she did not labour in vain,” she said.
Also, Former SGF, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, said that Lawal entered into two journeys at a time and graduated successfully, even though it was not easy.
According to him, ” Lawal is my brother’s wife, she got married and went for her career in the university and she was able to achieve the two successfully.
“I am so proud of her and I know she will continue to excel as she is retiring, she will never be tired in life,” he said.
The reviewer of the book, Dr Emeka Odokporo, said that the book was impressive and engaging.
Odokporo said the book was about 378 pages and 10 chapters and talked mostly about climate change, flooding, desertification and other related environmental challenges in the country.
He commended Lawal for all her commitment during her service year, urging the government to give women more opportunities to serve in the public service.
Lawal thanked everyone for their immensed support and making the ceremony a huge success.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has deployed adequate operational equipment and personnel to effectively control the traffic in crash prone areas nationwide.
The Acting Corps Marshal, FRSC, Mr Dauda Biu, said this in a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO) Mr Bisi Kazeem, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Biu said that the Corps was currently restrategising to boost its operational activities through the deployment of more operating tools.
This he said, was in a quest to make the highways safer for all road users.
According to him, the deployment will include injecting new fleet of vehicles into the operational front.
“It also includes fixing of grounded vehicles that are presently impacting negatively on the general operations of the corps.
“We will also tackle fuel inadequacies for patrol, rescue and administrative fleet of the corps among others, ” he said.
Biu said that the new fleet, which included ambulances for rescue services, would be inaugurated for full operations very soon.
He said this included light and heavy tow trucks for prompt removal of obstructions, administrative and patrol vehicles.
He appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for his support and commitment to the realisation of a safer motoring environment in Nigeria.
He also expressed gratitude to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) for his usual support.
Accordingly to him, some of the identified traffic prone areas to be manned are Lokoja-Kabba-Ayere-Akunu-Ise-Junction-Ile-are-Ado, Asaba-Abraka-Ughelli-Warri, Ibadan-Ogere-Sagamu, Sagamu-Mowe-Lagos corridors “Ekiti, Lokoja-Kabba-Ayere, 9th Mile-Udi-Oji-River-Umunze, Bauchi-Alkaleri-Kaltungo, Kaduna-Kachia-Kwoi-Manchok, Keffi-Nasarawa-Toto-Abaji-Lokoja, Lekki-Epe-Ijebu Ode. “Others include but not limited to Akwanga-Lafiya-Makurdi, Jos-Bauchi-Gombe, Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Kebbi, Katsina-Kano-Wudil-Dutse-Azare-Potiskum, “Kaduna-Saminaka-Jos, Abuja-Kaduna-Kano expressway, Okene-Ogori-Isua-Owo, and Makurdi-Otukpo-Obollo Afor-9th Mile, ” he said.