Perm Sec Niger Delta Affairs Ministry, Bisalla Bows Out of Service
Urges Successor to Prioritise Visits to Niger Delta By Stephen Kilebi
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Aminu Aliyu Bisalla, recently retired from the Federal Civil Service at the mandatory age of 60.
Speaking at a valedictory session in Abuja, Bisalla urged his successor and the leadership of the Ministry, to make regular visits to the Niger Delta region a priority, in order to have firsthand information on the challenges confronting the people of the oil rich region in a bid to tackle them.
“I implore my successor to enhance and pursue regular visits to the states in the Niger Delta region to see the people in real sense, the challenges that exist and to have a feel of what the realities are, so as to strive towards the actualization of the mandate of the Ministry to make the region a better place,” Bisalla stressed.
He also called for more initiatives from all stakeholders to improve on the environment and the lives of the people of the oil rich Niger Delta region.
Bisalla thanked the past leadership of the Ministry, most especially the immediate former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani and the former Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Claudius Omoleye Daramola, who gave him a free hand to operate as Permanent Secretary, saying the gestures had impacted positively on the staff of the Ministry and the Niger Delta region in particular.
Bisalla was commended by the staff of the Ministry for his humility, commitment to staff welfare and openness in piloting the affairs of the Ministry.
In her closing remarks at the event, the Director, Community Development and Education, who will also be overseeing the office of the Permanent Secretary for now, charged staff to emulate the virtues of Aminu Bisalla, adding that it was through such commitment that they could help in fast-tracking the development of the Niger Delta region.