Saturday, July 9, 2011

Abati pledges to sustain excellence

8 July 2011

THIRTEEN of the 15 Special Advisers appointed on Wednesday by President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday took their oath of office and allegiance with the president telling them to buckle up for the task of transforming Nigeria as “Nigerians expect a lot from us.”

Saying that the challenges ahead are “quite enormous”, President Jonathan told the Special Advisers to brace up as “you are expected to be more knowledgeable in the areas you will advise than even ministers.”

Until his appointment, Dr. Reuben Abati was Chairman of the Editorial Board of The Guardian. He assumed office yesterday with a pledge to put in his best to sustain the culture of excellence expected of his office.

“It is a whole new territory, a whole new field of experience. I will try my best to sustain the high excellence of this office of the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity. The task ahead is a major one. But the good thing is that we have a President who enjoys the goodwill of the Nigerian people. So, we will help ensure that the Nigerian people develop ownership of his transformation agenda,” he said.

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