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Lai Mohammed hands over, hails team for ‘numerous’ achievements



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Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has expressed optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term will be better for Nigerians.

The minister made the comment on Monday during a valedictory occasion held at the Press Center of the Radio House.

He handed over to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Deaconess Grace Isu Gekpe.

Mohammed used the occasion to highlight his journey as a Minister in the administration of President Buhari.

He said: “I want to start by thanking the management and staff of the Ministry of Information and Culture for organizing this valedictory session for me.

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“I also want to commend the staffers for their candid and kind words towards me. As a matter of facts, I’m not surprised they said so many kind words because before we started, I told them I was still a minister for one more day,” the minister said.

Speaking on the people he had met in the past five years, he said “Some have left today, while some have just joined, but until this send forth upon my assumption of office to solicit for your support for me in particular, and for the government in general.

“I’m happy to say that at large, they have enjoyed the support of the management and staff of this ministry. I have also enjoyed industrial harmony, thanks to the warm relations with the unions.

“Although relations were testing at times, reason and patriotism prevailed most of the times. Needless to say that without this industrial harmony, whatever we have achieved in this past three and half years, would not have been possible.”

He continued, “Please permit me to specially thank the permanent secretary for her support and cooperation without which we could not have done all those things that we now count as our achievements and they are indeed numerous.

“Finally, I leave you with my best wishes and sincere hope that you will extend to successor the same support and cooperation you have extended to me.

“I enjoin you to continue to do your best, revamp our economy, fight corruption to a standstill, and tackle insecurity. In the end, it is the little contributions of all of us that will make all the difference.”

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