‘My watchword is transparency’ — Keyamo assumes duty as aviation minister


Festus Keyamo, the new minister of aviation and aerospace
development, has asked staff members to work together harmoniously in order to
advance the ministry.


Speaking on Monday in Abuja, Keyamo said effective
collaboration of workers in the ministry 
will enhance output.


“Thank you for the warm welcome. The president did not send
me here by mistake. I think he has clear ideas as to why he sent me here. I
will need your maximum cooperation to make us succeed,” Keyamo said.


“I have read your roadmap developed in 2016, read it
thoroughly, point for point. Our intention is not to disrupt things that have
been done so well. Government is a continuum.


 “If there are things
that have not been done properly within the road map, we may look at them


Keyamo, who said he liked the aviation roadmap structure,
said that he would like to know the stage of completion of its objectives and


“Like I said, government is a continuum, it is the same
party that is in power. There are things that have been done properly. There
are things that have not been done properly,” he said.


 “Things that are
still in the pipeline, we will look at all of these. My intention is to get my
briefings within the few days or weeks. We will do this thoroughly as we can.


“We will develop our ideas and take it to the President for
approval so that we can kick off. That is what I intend to do here.”


Keyamo said Nigerians need to be aware of what the ministry
was doing.


“For me, my watchword will be transparency here. At every
point in time, the Nigerian people want to understand what we are doing.
Nothing will be done in secrecy,” he said.


 “They must understand
what we are doing. We must carry them along so that we will not have the kind
of complaints we had in the past.


“We should be as open as possible because we are serving the
Nigerian people. My history is people oriented from private practice to public


“Nigerians may not know the work you have been doing behind
especially in terms of safety of passengers in the aviation environment. But,
they may appreciate the few things they see.


“We will look at all these to see how we can improve on


On his part, Emamanuel Meribole, permanent secretary,
aviation ministry, described Keyamo as a result and target oriented leader.


He expressed the readiness of the employees in the ministry
to work with Keyamo to boost the aviation sector.


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