Outgoing Minister Of Power, Fashola Apologizes To Ministry Workers
Outgoing Minister for Power, Works & Housing Babatunde Raji Fashola, gave a very emotional speech during his valedictory service. Fashola, who would not be returning as a minister, used the opportunity to apologize to his staff, team and entire civil servants who worked under the ministries affiliated to him.
Fashola who was dropped alongside his Minister of State, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, urged the staff not to relent in their efforts during the rainy season and the Ember months preparations, because they are critical in easing the lives of Nigerians.
“During the rains when they need to travel, and during the Ember months when traffic is high and when they are going on holidays. Please continue and improve on these initiatives,” he urged.
Fashola, while commending the staff for the quality of their work, said that he had been able to identify every staff under him by the quality of their work, despite not been able to know them by faces or names. “I read your memos and you sign off on them,” he said. He also pointed out that the team reflected the nation’s diversity “From the Sahel to the Coast, down to the Creeks, everybody is here represented in one way or the other.”
Fashola urged the civil servants to key into the vision of Change by the President, who has indicated his intention “to move a lot faster” in this second dispensation, and that he expected the civil servants by the President’s side to support him.
He said he was confident that the civil servants would live up to the billing of Mr. President, “One of the things I learnt in the civil service in 2002 is that within the civil service, nothing is impossible, because the civil service is a place where Nigeria’s quest in her race to the First World will be won or lost.”
Fashola, ended his speech by thanking the staff, whom he described as “a great team” for their keeping pace with him and enduring his schedules in spite of the inconveniences some times, added, “I want to apologize to those I invaded their privacy with my phone calls and text messages.
I apologize to your spouses and your children because it was done only in the national interest. Those of you I have offended one way or the other, I am not perfect, I am flawed; but I did not offend you deliberately. If I did, it was unintentional; my apology is deep, it is profound, it is unreserved”, he said, adding that he could not thank all individually because as a team and a chain “it is impossible to thank one without thanking the other.”