The Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Thursday urged members of staff of the ministry to support the incoming administration for the growth of the country.
Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala said this at a send-off ceremony organised for her and the minister of state for finance at the ministry in Abuja.
She expressed joy over the achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
She named some of the achievements to include the creation of 1.4 million jobs, the G-WIN programme, National Mortgage Refinancing Company, Nigeria Development Bank and Pension Transition Administration scheme.
She said the projects were beneficial to the growth of the country and should be continued.
Ms. Okonjo-Iweala urged the youth not to be deterred by criticism but be focused in all their endeavour as it was the only way to success.
She commended the heads of the various parastatals in the ministry and the staff for their efforts and support.
“We have gone through hard times but they have pulled through”, she said.
The Minister of State for Finance, Bashir Yuguda, said the team had done its best as amiable as possible and would continue to serve the nation.
He noted that the ministry had also ensured and encouraged transparency in the administration by ensuring the publications of its activities.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Anastasia Nwaobi, said Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala and Mr. Yuguda had demonstrated patriotism in their work.
Ms. Nwaobi expressed appreciation to the minister for the humane and passionate way she had managed the economy.
She said the essence of the gathering was to commend their efforts towards the growth of the economy in spite of the various challenges. (NAN)