The Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola has won the award for Minister of the year by City People Magazine. The award ceremony was organised by City People Magazine and held at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja on Sunday.
The Minister upon receiving the award insisted that collective efforts towards success must be recognised instead of individual recognition. He explained that without the team of people and organisations working with him, the ministry would have achieved nothing. In an attempt to appreciate these ones he likened the work of the ministry to that of a football team.
“A Government is no different from a football club, to the extent that they comprise individuals of different talents, passions and experiences who must work together to deliver service to the public.
“A successful team is led by a Great and resourceful manager, who often has a dependable assistant.
The Minister also took time to recognise the President, Muhammadu Buhari’s, the Vice-President, Osibanjo and the other ministers for their efforts in their various offices.
“In our Government team, President Muhammadu Buhari has discharged that role effectively by picking a team of Ministers whose commitment to change is unquestionable and the Vice President has demonstrated his ability to complement this vision of change and his dedication to help midwife it.”
He appreciated the National Assembly; the Senators, House of Representatives members and all their Committee Chairmen, members and staff for their cooperation and support they had shown to the ministry, dedicating the Minister of the year award to them.
“We have received a lot of cooperation from those who exercise the power of appropriation in the National Assembly; the Senators, House of Representatives members and all their Committee Chairmen, members and staff are the real owners of this Award.
“I accept it on their behalf.” He said
Finally, the Minister appreciated the civil servants and the Directors for their commitment and hard work. He said;
“No team is complete without the army of backroom staff who we never get to see, but who help the players enormously.
“The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing is blessed with an army of hardworking civil servants, led by 2 (Two) Permanent Secretaries, Directors, the Heads of our parastatals, Deputy Directors, Controllers and other staff who have signed up for change and are daily working towards it. I accept this Award on their behalf.”