By Vivian Emoni
The new Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Mary Ogbe, has pledged to strengthen the mines and steel industry in Nigeria by providing solutions to existing challenges.
Ogbe made the commitment in Abuja on Friday, at a valedictory session organised by the ministry for the former Permanent Secretary, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade.
She called on the staff to support her to achieve the mandate and objectives of the ministry.
“I am ready and committed to strengthening the ministry toward preferring solutions to the challenges facing the nation.
“Therefore, all hands must be on deck as the nation looks up to the ministry in solving its socio-economic problems,” she said.
The permanent secretary said she would run an open door policy, to enhance consultations for the effective and efficient running of the sectors.
Ogbe said that her target was to ensure holistic exploitation of available minerals to diversify the nation’s economy.
Earlier, Akinlade described Ogbe as a seasoned administrator with impressive track record of delivering high quality performance.
She pledged her unalloyed support for the growth of the ministry as well as promoting the mining industry.
The former permanent secretary called on the management and staff of the ministry to assist Ogbe in discharging her duties and completion of outstanding projects.
She said that the projects would create wealth and jobs for the teeming youths and generate revenue for the nation.
Also, the Director, Human Resources, Dr Mohammed Suleiman, expressed the readiness of the ministry’s workforce to work efficiently with the new permanent secretary.
Suleiman said that they were committed to taking the ministry to higher heights and boost the economy.
He thanked Akinlade for her immense contributions to the successes recorded by the ministry, especially the growth of the mining industry in the country.
The ministry at the occasion, unveiled its Electronic Document Management System (EDMS), which would store, organise and manage official documents electronically and enhance performance. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Maharazu Ahmed