Mr. Bitrus Nabasu has assumed office as permanent secretary in the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
He replaces the retired Engr. Festus Daudu who has left having completed the mandatory 35 years in the civil service of the federation.
On assumption of office on August 9, 2021, Nabasu who promised to build on the legacy of Daudu noted and appreciated the fact that he has come to work with people who are receptive, cooperative and willing to work and who know what is right from what is wrong.
He further stated that he was in the ministry to coordinate its activities, saying “give me that support, give me that cooperation and I will coordinate very well and without coordination there can never be management. So, give me that cooperation to coordinate the activities of the ministry very well in order to deliver on the mandate of the Hon. Minister.
“I want to assure you that you cannot work effectively without a conducive environment. As such, I want to assure you that such environment will be provided”.
In a statement by the ministry’s deputy director of information and public relations, Mrs. Philomena Abiamuwe –Mowete, the new permanent secretary was said to have acknowledged the determination and commitment of the minister, Dr. Isa Pantami in achieving the mandate of the ministry towards the realization of the dividends of democracy of President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
According to him, “the Hon. Minister is very passionate in achieving the mandate of the ministry, therefore, let’s work together with him in a secured environment in order to achieve our mandate”.
He urged the directors to ensure that the digital economy sector stays ‘alive’, noting that it was not a mistake that ‘digital economy’ was added to the communications ministry by the president. He said “anywhere you go now nationally and internationally it is all about ‘digitalization’ of the economy.
“During the COVID-19, nobody knew that we could work from the comfort of our homes, but technology provided and is still providing that platform,” he added”.
He encouraged the staff to work assiduously to ensure that the digital economy sector succeeds, saying most nations of the world are now diversifying their economy from the oil and gas and that Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind in this era.
Earlier in her remarks, the ministry’s director, planning, research and statistics, Dr. Nonye Nwachukwu, who received the new perm. sec. and his entourage on arrival eulogized him for his good work in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources from where he was deplored to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.