Mr. Bitrus Bako Nabasu has assumed office as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
Nabasu, who moved from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, replaces Festus Yusuf Daudu who retired as perm sec after completing the mandatory 35 years in the Civil Service of the Federation.
Details of his first day in office were contained in a statement titled, ‘Bitrus Nabasu assumes office as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy,’ signed by the Head (Information/PRs), Philomena Abiamuwe –Mowete.
According to the statement, “On assumption of office on the 9th August 2021, he thanked the Staff and the Director overseeing the office of the perm sec for the warm reception accorded him and his entourage from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. He said it is “an honour which he will cherish for long”.
“Mr. Nabasu did not mince words in appreciating his predecessor Engr. Daudu’s cordial relationship he built with members of staff of the Ministry which had propelled him to make significant impact despite his short stay in the Ministry.
“The permanent secretary, while promising to build on the legacy of Engr. Daudu noted and appreciated the fact that he has come to work with people who are receptive, cooperative, and willing to work and who know what is right from what is wrong.
“He noted, “I feel honoured to work with such Calibre of persons,” as he passionately appealed to the Staff to ‘double’ the support his predecessor enjoyed to him so that the Ministry can achieve its mandate.”
He was quoted as saying, “Give me that support, give me that cooperation and I will coordinate very well and without coordination there can never be management. So give me that cooperation to coordinate the activities of the Ministry very well in order to deliver on the mandate of the Hon. Minister.”
According to him, “I want to assure you that you cannot work effectively without a conducive environment. As such, I want to assure you that such an environment will be provided.”
The statement continued, “The perm sec acknowledged the determination and commitment of the Hon. Minister, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) in achieving the mandate of the Ministry towards the realisation of the dividends of democracy of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration. Hear him: “The Hon. Minister is very passionate in achieving the mandate of the Ministry, therefore, let’s work together with him in a secured environment in order to achieve our mandate”.
“He urged the Directors to ensure that the Digital Economy sector stays ‘alive’, noting that it was not a mistake that ‘Digital Economy’ was added to Communications by Mr. President. He said “anywhere you go now, nationally and internationally, it is all about ‘digitalisation’ of the economy. “During the COVID-19, nobody knew that we could work from the comfort of our homes, but technology provided and still providing that platform, he added”.
“He encouraged the staff to work assiduously to ensure that the digital economy sector succeeds, saying that most nations of the world are now diversifying their economy from the oil and gas and that Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind in this era.
“He appreciated the love shown to him by the Staff of Ministry of Petroleum Resources for accompanying him. He thanked them for their support.”