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New minister of state for power assumes duty

06 March 2014, 10:32

Abuja - The newly appointed Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, has assumed duty on Wednesday, with a pledge to accelerate the transformation of the power sector.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday swore-in 11 new ministers and assigned them portfolios and charged them to assume duty immediately.

Wakil said he was delighted to be called to serve the nation, especially at a time when the power sector was undergoing tremendous transformation and overhaul.

He pledged to bring his wealth of experience from the National Assembly to his new appointment.

He added that "having served as a member of the National Assembly and worked on the other side, I am glad to be on this side now to continue in the transformation agenda of the Federal Government.

"I am going to give you maximum cooperation so that can we can achieve the target of providing stable power supply to Nigerians."

The new minister said he had been observing the giant strides of the Ministry of Power from an outsider point of view.

Wakil, who stressed the need for team work, sought the assistance of the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, and other members of staff in the ministry toward ensuring stable power supply.

Earlier, Nebo had welcomed the new minister and called for team work which he said was his cardinal principle in the ministry.

The new power boss, who assured Wakil of his cooperation and other staff and stakeholders in the sector, attributed the success he recorded so far to the cooperation of stakeholders in the sector.

He said ``I am glad you are coming on board at a time when a lot of transformation are going on in this sector. We will give you hundred per cent support so that we can transform this sector together.’’

The new minister of state was a former majority leader in the House of Representatives between 1999 and 2003 and hails from Borno.

-  NAN

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