The Boards of Agencies under the Ministry of Budget and National Planning were on Thursday, in Abuja, inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma.
The inauguration was in compliance with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that boards of all agencies be inaugurated to ensure their smooth running, in accordance with the laws establishing them.
The Minister inaugurated the Boards of the Centre for Management Development (CMD) and National Institute for Social and Economic Research (NISER)
In his remark, Senator Udoma charged the board members to cultivate a harmonious relationship with the chief executive and management of their respective organizations and engender an atmosphere devoid of rancour, adding that, ”you are expected to work as a team with the objective of actualizing the mandate of your respective agencies”.
The minister enjoined members of the board to familiarise themselves with the cardinal objectives of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), which is the economic “road map” of the current administration with a view to contributing their quota to its overall success.
In her address, the Honorable Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed reminded the board members that they were carefully selected to support the goals and targets of the ministry, while also helping to develop capacity in the larger community to actualize the agenda of government.
She urged members of the board to work in accordance with the vision of the current administration.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Mr Olajide Odewale pointed out that the critical role of the boards in the realization of the collective mandate of their respective parastatals and agencies cannot be over-emphasised, adding that the ministry looks forward to working closely with them as partners in progress.
Responding on behalf of other board members, the Chairman of the Board of Center for Management Development (CMD), Mr Joseph Tegbe, expressed gratitude to government for the opportunity given them to serve. He promised not to betray the confidence reposed in them.
“We will serve with the highest level of ethics and commit ourselves deeply to the success of the administration. We will not let the administration down”, he added.
Salisu B. Haiba
For: Director (Press)