The newly-appointed Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has addressed Nigerians after his meeting with the president as he gears up to resume office.
While speaking to State House correspondents after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari in his presidential villa office in Abuja, the newly-appointed Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, says he will work to ensure more cooperation between government ministries and departments.
According to a report by Premium Times, Mustapha who was appointed on Monday, said his role in the government is to coordinate and ensure the implementation of government policies.
He said; “Nigeria is not in lack of information and policy formulation, sometimes it is the synergy of those policies for the purposes of attending the goal that has been lacking.
“I think those are some of the things that I am going to bring to the office. There must be coordination, there must be synergy so that we can have a thrust that can move us forward,” he said.
The SGF said he found President Buhari in high spirit adding that the president’s return to good health is a miracle. “The President in his normal candour and humour just cracked jokes and he was in very high spirit.
“I was pleasantly gladdened in my heart when I saw how robust and how uplifting he is in his spirit and in spite of the enormity of the fact that he has to deal with navigating the affairs of this nation.
“But he looked in-charge, quiet, calm and calculated, and the beauty about it is that his recovery process has been very very remarkable, it is just a miracle and I just want to thank God for that, ” he said.
Mustapha said he will work to ensure that the Buhari administration achieves its three-pronged approach to governance by dealing with corruption, diversifying the economy and tackling insecurity, adding that the administration has done well in security and diversification of the economy.
When asked what he will do differently, Mustapha said he will wait until he takes the oath of office and receive briefings before deciding what to do. “Well, I will wait until the oath of office is administered on me. Once that is done, I’ll now begin to take briefings from the office and begin to chart a roadmap.
“It is always not too fashionable to begin to talk about an office you have never occupied. That will be being too presumptuous and I wouldn’t want to do that at the moment. I will want to step into the office first. But I have a general picture of where we should be going,” he said.
He said President Buhari’s policy on Agriculture is helping to curb poverty in the country, adding that the ANCHOR borrowers programme and others have the capacity to take Nigeria out of its economic difficulties.
“I believe that if we can do that consistently for a number of years we will get out of this quagmire. Because a nation that cannot feed itself has a long way to go in terms of institutional and industrial development.
“So, like I said I will not be too quick to say what I am going to do in office, but I have a general picture. Mr. President has cast the vision, all of us that are appointees of government have the singular responsibility to ensure that we run with that vision.
“He has made it plain and any vision that has been made plain for those that are being charged with responsibilities are supposed to run with that vision to ensure that at the end of the day the dividends of democracy is delivered to the people of Nigeria,” he said.