Dr. Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, has issued a stern directive to the management and staff of the North East Development Commission (NEDC), to change their mindset and attitude to work, warning the status quo will no longer be acceptable
In a statement released on Tuesday morning by her Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Rasheed Olanrewaju Zubair, the Minister emphasized the need for a change in mindset and work attitude within the Commission. She made these remarks during a meeting with the Commission’s management at its headquarters in Maiduguri.
Dr. Edu urged the NEDC team to adopt a strategic approach that aligns with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda, which aims to alleviate poverty and address humanitarian crises in the region. Expressing her disappointment with the work ethic of the Commission’s top management, she stressed the importance of collaboration and partnership in fulfilling the Commission’s mandate.
The Minister expressed concern about a lack of knowledge sharing and collaboration among different departments, which hindered the achievement of short, medium, and long-term goals. She emphasized that such an approach is inadequate under President Tinubu’s leadership, and stressed the need for teamwork, ending duplication, and reducing wastage.
Dr. Edu stated, “Enough of the joke. Working in silos and poor coordination will not give Nigeria results. We can’t continue with business as usual. Please let us make a U-turn from politics of division and focus on the job. Nigerians are waiting.”
Highlighting the strategic importance of the NEDC in driving President Tinubu and Vice President Kashim Shettima’s efforts to reduce poverty and humanitarian crises in Nigeria, she urged the Commission to develop plans for lifting the people of the region out of poverty and humanitarian crises through capital projects and durable solutions.
The Minister appealed to development partners present, including UNFPA, UNICEF, IOM, and WFO, to realign their priorities with the government’s mandate and support President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda.
Dr. Garba Abubakar Illiya, the Executive Director of Administration and Finance at the Commission, responded on behalf of the management team, assuring the Minister that the message of collaboration and partnership had been well received. He pledged the Commission’s commitment to working as a team to achieve success and collaborate with the Minister for the speedy implementation of its ten-year Development and Stabilization master plan.
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