President Bola Tinubu has issued a stern warning to his ministers, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing the administration’s efforts to alleviate poverty in Nigeria over personal ambitions. This admonition came during the conclusion of a three-day retreat for ministers, permanent secretaries, presidential aides, and other high-ranking government officials at the presidential villa in Abuja.
President Tinubu urged the participants to recognize their responsibility in reshaping the country’s image and encouraged them to engage in open discussions if they had concerns about Nigeria. He stressed the necessity for unity among officials to help the country recover from its challenges, often referred to as “elephantiasis.”
Tinubu asserted that neither he nor the officials should offer excuses to the Nigerian people. He expressed pride in his victory in the 2023 presidential election and his legal victories.
He stated, “We have gathered here to shape the future; no doubt about it. The responsibilities we bear are not just titles; they are the hopes and aspirations of millions of Nigerians.” He urged officials to set aside personal ambitions and focus on the nation’s progress to achieve true pride.
Tinubu emphasized the importance of teamwork and urged everyone to work collectively to change the narrative about Nigeria. He underscored the significance of addressing healthcare, poverty reduction, and improving the living conditions of the people. Poverty, he noted, is not shameful but is unacceptable, and it is the responsibility of everyone to lift the nation out of it.
Tinubu highlighted the administration’s focus areas, including economic reform, national security, agriculture, energy, infrastructure, education, healthcare, and diversification through industrialization and technology.
During the retreat, key recommendations were discussed, such as raising the approval threshold for public procurement, promoting transparency in open bidding, creating standardized appointment criteria for ministers and heads of agencies, aligning budget allocations with the president’s vision and strategic goals, evaluating the efficiency of government intervention programs, and improving the judicial process.
The recommendations also called for the revival of executive-legislature conferences, reforms in the economy, trade support, equity financing, and annual budget alignment with strategic priorities.
In summary, President Tinubu urged his officials to prioritize the administration’s efforts to combat poverty and encouraged unity and open discussions to reshape the nation’s narrative. The retreat led to several key recommendations aimed at enhancing transparency, efficiency, and strategic alignment in government operations.
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