By: Ogunyanwo Oluwatunmise
Dele Alake, the Minister of Solid Minerals, clarifies his appointment by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu amid controversies.
Speaking Monday on assumption of office at the Ministry, Alake credited his appointment to his sense of responsibility, expertise and track record, which he said, propelled President Tinubu’s decision.
He urged all stakeholders to actively contribute to achieving our goals, emphasizing that there’s no time to relax.
Alake stated that he specifically asked the President to assign the Ministry to him, contrary to the general perception that he would be given a particular portfolio.
He said, “My portfolio has been the upset of the entire cabinet because given my antecedents, exposure, and experience in perception, information management and the likes, many people have pigeon whole me for the information ministry. So, we decided to shock everybody.
“Now, if you all can sit down to analyze the global trend of economic development, you would note that the hydrocarbon which is associated the oil is fading out and the world is moving towards alternatives energy such as gas, electric cars and the rest.
“So, what is the next economic growth factor? It definitely has to be a solid mineral.”
Alake further said that it was not about the portfolio or ministry that he is assigned to, but the results that he will yield for Nigerians.
“I am going to set an agenda with focus and objectives; we will get the results. Now, we will not allow civil service structures to stifle us from creativity and flourishing. What we need is attitudinal change.” Alake said.