Outgoing Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Mr. S. Zakari, in a brief ceremony in the Minister’s conference room in Abuja has handed over to the most senior Director in the ministry, Dr. Hussieni Adamu, who now act as the Permanent Secretary.
Dr. Hussieni Adamu, until his present appointment was the Director of procurement in the ministry.
The former Permanent Secretary was recently redeployed to the Federal Ministry of Defence by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Y emi Esan.
Speaking during the hand over ceremony at the ministry’s Headquarters, Zakari urged the Directors to give the same level of cooperation they accorded him to Dr. Adamu
the former Permanent Secretary, while presenting his stewardship, expressed happiness, saying that during his tenure, important projects such as Abuja-Kaduna light rail train service was completed and put to use as well as Lagos-Ibadanstandard gauge railway, which is 90 percent completed.
He asserted that the point linking the rail line to Apapa ports, Itakpe-Warri rail line which was abandoned for more than 30 years was completed and test runs currently ongoing.
On road transport and mass transit sector, Zakari said the Ministry was able to complete freight offices at Ilela in Sokoto state, Idi-iroko in Lagos State and Jibia in Katsina State and as well awarded two new contracts.
He, however advised that the Ministry continue to use established contractors, who are conversant with the terrain instead of engaging new ones as this will incur more costs.
On the issue of the Cabottage funds, Zakari informed that the Ministry has written to Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to release the fund after the President approved that it be disbursed to indigenous shipowners to enable them compete in the maritime space as well as create the needed employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed Nigerians.
The former Permanent Secretary, expressed profound appreciation to the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki and the erstwhile Minister of State for Transport, Senator Sirika Hadi for their foresight in introducing these programs, revamping moribund infrastructure and for giving him the necessary support to succeed.
In his acceptance speech, the Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr. Adamu thanked his predecessor, while soliciting for guidance should he encounter challenges in the course of discharging his duties in the office.
He expressed appreciation to the Government of Nigeria for finding him worthy to serve in this capacity.
Delegated to speak on behalf of the Directors, the Director, Road Transportation and Mass Transit, Dr. Anthonia Ekpa appreciated the services and contributions of Mr. Zakari, dwelling mostly on the honours and recognitions he brought to the Ministry and Nigeria in general.
The most notable of such she pointed out were the hosting of the Africa Transport Policy Program, SSATP in Nigeria and the Turkish grant to Nigeria to build the Abidjan – Lagos corridor.
Dr. Ekpa further prayed that other projects which he devoted so much time and energy would be accomplished.
She thanked him for all his monumental achievements and wished him favor and the capacity to continue his giant strides in his new place of posting.