The new Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Wemi Jones, on assumption of office assures of a rapid innovative and creative transformation of the educational sector of the State.
Hon Jones who expressed his gratitude to the Governor for finding him worthy to be made Commissioner in a Ministry that was as important as education, science and technology, said he would his energies and wealth of experience to transforming the sector.
He noted that he had gone round all the departments in the Ministry and also had brief meeting with the management and staff, noting that he could see plenty of potentials which only need to be tapped through capacity building.
Reiterating that since nobody would fix the State for us except ourselves, we must do all we can to leave a good legacy behind which the unborn generations would be proud of, adding that “we are going to bring in innovative and creative ideas that will make Kogi MOEST the best among other Ministries in the State and in Nigeria.”
”It is going to be a big task but I believe we have the personnel and the human resources to do that; capacity building is what we are going to focus on to optimise the staff potentials” Jones said.
He said he was impressed with the kind of equipment and tools he met on ground at the Department of Adult and Non Formal Education (ANFE), saying the Ministry would be building on that by partnering with more donor agencies both nationally and internationally.
While soliciting for the full support and cooperation of the management and staff, he advised them to be punctual, warning that he would not condone any act of indiscipline from any staff.
”We are here for serious business and we cannot afford to do government work as if it is nobody’s business; it our business, it is our state and we cannot allow it to fail,” he restated.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Eric Aina, on behalf of the staff and management of the Ministry, expressed happiness to receive the new Commissioner, assuring him of their total support.
He noted that he had made it known to the new Commissioner that he was coming to inherit and efficient and hardworking staff and a crop of diligent officers who were prepared to willingly accept official responsibility with the least supervision to deliver.