Leadership is all about integrity - Defence Minister
The newly sworn-in Honourable Minister of Defence, Alhaji Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali assumed duty at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters amidst cheers and well wishes.
In a short remark, the minister said that leadership is all about integrity, honesty and transparency and he promised to lead by example.
He made a clarion call, requesting all leaders to be answerable to the Almighty God who granted them the privilege to be in the helm of affairs.
Mansur Dan-Ali said that the welfare of both civilian staff and military officers will be his top most priority. He said that there must be unity of purpose, accountability, due process in procurement process in the ministry. He said that the Treasury Single Account (TSA) is to check fraud in governance.
The minister said that the military has achieved the presidential tall order to degrade terrorism as the December deadline draws closer.
He said that the Nigerian military is one of the best the world over and thanked the Chief of Defence and Service Chiefs for the successes they have recorded so far in quelling the activities of insurgents, oil thefts and other social vices.
He stated that President Muhammad Buhari is tackling corruption which is the canker worm resulting into youth unemployment.
He urged all hands to be on deck and promised that he will give a listening ear to suggestions that will move the ministry forward.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, H. E. Ambassador Danjuma Sheni, welcomed the minister, adding that another feather has been added to the administrative leadership of the ministry.
The Permanent Secretary assured him of the unalloyed loyalty and selfless service of all staff.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin pledged the support of the Nigerian military to the minister and by extension to the change programme of Mr. President.
He said that the Nigerian military will not relent until terrorism and other crimes are reduce to the bearest minimum.
By H. U. Oforah (Mrs)