Nigeria’s new Minister of Transportation, Engr. Mu’azu Sambo on Wednesday called for the support of stakeholders as he assumed office.
The Minister who spoke at a handover ceremony in Abuja said he is open-minded to ideas that will make remarkable inputs to the industry.
Sambo who had worked with the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) described the transport sector as home as he is no stranger to the sector.
“It is a pleasure to be here. I would like to say it is a pleasure to be back home. I started my life in the maritime industry, NPA precisely, in 1984 and I went through other sectors of the economy and ended up in the National Inland Waterways Authority.
“I am coming with an open mind. There is nothing under the sun you won’t hear when you are moving to a place but the best thing is, let it enter through the right ear and go out through the left. Meet the people with an open mind and let God take control.
“This is the way I am coming into this house and I want you to also embrace me and give me all the support and don’t let me wish that I had remained in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing even as a Minister of State but I am sure the Permanent Secretary will make sure that that does not happen.
“I want to tell you that I am here only for a very short time. I don’t want to cause problems for anyone. I don’t want anybody to cause problems for me. I will not look for your trouble but if you look for mine, I will give you tenfold, that is me but we can live together for 50 years without a quarrel if you know me”’, the Minister stated.
Sambo was appointed as Transportation Minister by President Muhammadu Buhari on July 6, following the recent cabinet reshuffle. He replaces former minister, Senator Gbemisola Saraki.