The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Mohammed Bello Koko has congratulated Muazu Jaji Sambo and Ademola Adewole Adegoroye on their appointment as Minister and Minister of State for Transportation respectively.

In a message sighted on his social media handle, Koko wrote: “Congratulations to Muazu Jaji Sambo and Ademola Adewole Adegoroye on your appointments by His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari as the Honourable Minister and Minister of State for Transportation respectively.”

The NPA Chief Executive added: “Your wealth of experience and track record of excellent performance will undoubtedly add fillip to ongoing efforts at improving efficiency and advancing the frontiers of trade facilitation.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of States Science and Technology, Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh, yesterday said the new leadership of the Ministry plans to reposition science and technology in the country to drive technological growth and address the burden of unemployment within seven months.

Iko who spoke at a reception organised by friends and associates in Abuja, to celebrate his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari, stressed that science and technology was all about wealth, job creation and innovation and creativity, noting that such would help keep the youths gainfully employed.

He said he was bringing his wealth of experience on board to explore the science and technology sector alongside relevant stakeholders in the sector.

He said: “Well before now, I was a Commissioner for Industry, Science and Technology in my state. Science and technology is all about wealth and job creation. It’s all about innovation. It’s all about creativity.

“President Muhammadu Buhari deems it necessary to appoint some of us. What we have is to deliver and I can assure you, within seven months, we’re going to deliver in terms of making sure that our youth are gainfully employed, innovation.”

He noted that the idea would be achievable, “via training the trainer. We are bringing skills, every graduate, every student, everybody must be trained in a trade.”

“In the past, we used to have handwork from primary school. But nowadays there is no such thing anywhere.

“People will continue to graduate, and not add value. This must change. We are going back to the grassroots.

“We are going to do basic, and we will also ensure that corps members before rounding up their National Youth Service Corps programme must have a trade,” he said.

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