The Minister of State for Power, Mr. Mohammed Wakili, on Wednesday afternoon assumed duty at the ministry in less than eight hours after President Goodluck Jonathan announced the appointments of new ministers.
The President had Wednesday morning sworn in 11 new ministers and assigned portfolios to them. The ministers had earlier been screened by the National Assembly.
Speaking at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Power, the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Godknows Igali, said Wakili was a well known Nigerian and “with the youthful energy which he has, I think we will now move forward.”
While introducing the agencies, parastatals and the senior employees of the ministry to the Wakili, he noted that the team of professionals in the ministry would give their support to the new minister of state.
Wakili is a former majority leader in the House of Representatives and represented Damboa/Gwoza Federal Constituency of Borno State between 1999 and 2003. He also held various political offices and is vast in politics.
In his welcome address, the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, said, “It is my singular joy to welcome our dear brother who was assigned through the auspices of President Goodluck Jonathan as our Honourable Minister of Power.”
Nebo said Wakili’s experience as a legislature would assist in resolving legislative issues regarding power.
He said, “We will give you 100 per cent support, and we will work together with you. If you have any idea that will help us, don’t hesitate to let us know. We need to complement one another and to work in a symbiotic way.”
While responding, Wakili commended the minister for having a wonderful team which had performed well so far.
He reassured the ministry of his cooperation, adding “I am here to contribute my quota and to bring my experience from the National Assembly to bear in this ministry.”