The newly appointed Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo has said he is back home, having started his career in the Maritime sector as a Civil Engineer with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and ended up as the  Lagos Area Manager of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA). 
He made this known on assumption of duty alongside the Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adewole Adegoroye today in Abuja.Mu’azu was deployed from the Federal Ministryof Works and Housing by President Muhammadu Buhari. 
Recalling the fact that he has very little time to operate, the Minister said: “We will look for the low hanging fruits and make sure that we put them on the table as quickly as possible”. 
Speaking further, the Minister disclosed that he is coming with an open mind  and expects same from Staff and Management while calling them to give him the needed support to do his best.  “I have come with an open mind to do my best and leave humanity and posterity to judge” he said. 
In her handover speech, the ex-Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki who is now deployed to the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development as Minister of State, reassured the Ministers that they have an exceptionally hard working team of staff in the Ministry of Transportation, while disclosing that transportation remains one of the focal point of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration and that the Ministry goes beyond rail as it has both  maritime and road transportation departments. 
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, FMT, Dr. Magdalen Ajani, in a welcome address, promised a smooth working relationship with the Ministers for the development of the sector. 
Also speaking on behalf of the Staff, the Director, Finance and Accounts, Hassan Umar assured the Ministers that the team on ground are professionals, worthy of their calling as Civil Servants as they apply exant rules and regulations in the discharge of their duties.

Eric Ojiekwe
D (Press & PR)
July 13, 2022
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