Federal works and housing ministry gets new Perm Sec

The newly redeployed Permanent Secretary to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Alhaji Babangida Hussaini has resumed office.

Hussaini was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence before his redeployment and he took over from Mr. Ernest Umakhihe, who was moved to Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

At a brief handing and taking over ceremony held at the headquarters of the ministry in Abuja, Thursday, the new permanent secretary assured the management and staff of the ministry that his leadership will encourage team work anchored on mutual respect.

Hussaini, who was the Director Special Projects Unit in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing before his appointment as Permanent Secretary, recalled that he had worked assiduously with the staff of the ministry under the able leadership of the  Minister of Works and Housing,Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN.

He said the would build on the successes, integrity and transparency entrenched in the ministry by his predecessor, Mr Umakhihe, as no one was an island of knowledge in service to our father land.

Hussaini  described his predecessor as a friend, a brother and an adviser and assured all that he would add value to the achievements already recorded by him. 

Earlier in his remarks, the out gone permanent secretary had described his tenure in the ministry as short and worthwhile.
He said, “Its being a short but worthwhile journey.  I have learnt a lot from the crop of professionals we have here.”

Umakhihe urged the staff of the ministry to accord the new permanent secretary the cooperation that was given to him.

While wishing his successor success,  he assured him of his support, adding that they are pursuing the same purpose of achieving the Mr. president’s mandate for the country .

Hussaini, a seasoned administrator and technocrat attended the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), Ahmadu Belio University, ABU Zaria and Federal College of Arts, Suleija. 

He served the nation in different capacities  including working with international donor agencies. He hails from Kazaure in Jigawa state.

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