By Victoria Onehi
Minister of Interior Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has said the welfare of the staff of the Ministry is most important to him.
The Minister stated this on Tuesday, at the maiden edition Town Hall meeting, since his appointment as Minister, with members of staff and management of the Ministry at the Ministry’s headquarters, Abuja.
Tunji-Ojo said :”As a matter of fact, nothing can be more important to me than your welfare. That is the truth and I have my reasons, because to whom much is given, much is expected. If I do not give it to you, it is difficult for me to expect you to give back.”
In a statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations Unit, Afonja Ajibola Fatai, the Minister cautioned staff that after enjoying the support, it becomes a responsibility on their parts to show dedication to work, by being punctual to duties at all times.
He said: “So, if I give you support, it becomes a responsibility on your part to give me support. And the only way to give me support is by your dedication to duty.
He further stated that the era of people thinking government ‘s business is nobody’s business is gone. “Government business is your business, and every body’s business.”he said.
The Minister reassurred the Ministry’s Union leaders and staff, that he wants to earn their trust, by mutually working together with them.”I am ready to work with you, I want to earn your trust, the Renewed Hope Agenda requires dedication to service and full demonstration of professionalism across board.” He said.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade, disclosed that the Minister had graciously approved provision of beverages as part of welfare to staff, since last Friday.
She also announced the addition of more fleets of buses for the Gwagwalada route, which she said would be received next week and start operation soon.
The Permanent Secretary also assured that the town hall meeting would be held every quarter in the year.
Joint Union Chairman in the Ministry Mr. Ukpenetus Bassey, thanked the Minister and the Permanent Secretary for their audience and pledged staff’s loyalty service to the nation.
The Town Hall meeting was attended by directors in the ministry and members of staff of the Ministry.