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Devt of N/Delta my priority—New Minister (As well as stealing the allocation)

As Shekarau resumes at Education Ministry

BY CHRIS OCHAYI, LAIDE AKINBOADE & CALEB AYANSINA

ABUJA—The new Minister of Niger Delta Ministry, Dr. Steve Oru, has promised to address problems created by lack of even development in the oil rich region.

This came on a day the new Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, assured Nigerians that he would be part of the history that would see to the development of the education sector in the country.

Oru stated this, yesterday, while taking-over the affairs of the ministry from the Supervising Minister, Mr Dairus Ishaku, in Abuja.

He said the Niger Delta had been an area of peculiar interest for the present administration, adding that government would do all it could to solve their problems.

“The mandate of the ministry is to promote peace and even development in the Niger Delta Region, and we will all work together to achieve this,” he said.
NEW MINISTERS—From left, Science and Technology Minister, Alhaji Ahmed Gulama; Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Dr. Steve Oru; Minister of State, Works, Barr. Adebayo Adeyeye and Minister of Education, Alhaji Ahmed Shekarau, taking oath as ministers in the Federal Cabinet before Presidernt Goodluck Jonathan at the opening of the Federal Executive Council Meeting at Aso Chambers, State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

NEW MINISTERS—From left, Science and Technology Minister, Alhaji Ahmed Gulama; Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Dr. Steve Oru; Minister of State, Works, Barr. Adebayo Adeyeye and Minister of Education, Alhaji Ahmed Shekarau, taking oath as ministers in the Federal Cabinet before Presidernt Goodluck Jonathan at the opening of the Federal Executive Council Meeting at Aso Chambers, State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

The minister noted that though his predecessor had done a lot of work to ensure even development of the nine states that made up the region, there were still some areas that needed to be touched.

He said: “The challenges are still there for us to address, there are mandates of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, that have not been touched at all. I pray that you cooperate with me to work as a team.”
Oru maintained that peace in the Niger Delta was germane to national development, noting that achievements of the past should not be seen by staff as victory, as they still had much areas to cover.

“Achievements of the past should not be seen as victory. We have challenges, the challenges of making the best of all ministries.

“We can achieve it. Peace in the Niger Delta Region will also affect the entire nation,” he said.

Earlier, the Minister of State, Mr Dairus Ishaku, who had been overseeing the ministry, rolled out some of his achievements which include East West road project.

Meanwhile, the new Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, has assured Nigerians that he would be part of the history that would see to the development of the education sector in the country.

The two term former governor of Kano State, stated this when he resumed as Minister of Education at the ministry in Abuja, and solicited the cooperation and support of management and staff.

According to the former presidential aspirant, “this is a strategic ministry and very important for the socio-economic development of this nation.

“I am here to learn from the vast of experiences and bring further growth and development to education sector in the country.”

Addressing staff of the ministry, he said: “With your cooperation and support, I will succeed at the tasks ahead of me. I will like you to appeal to you to be more committed to the development of the sector.”

The new Minister was accompanied by over 100 supporters to the ministry and received by the Minister of State, Barr. Nyesom Wike at 0am.

Wike assured the new Minister that he would give him all the necessary support he needed to succeed.
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