This was the key-point of his message to the staff of the state’s Ministry of Finance at the occasion of the presentation of the newly-appointed Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Nsikan Linus Nkan.
The Governor called on the staff to work assiduously towards exploring new strategic frontiers to step-up the State’s revenue base.
Speaking while addressing Permanent Secretaries, Heads of Extra-ministerial Departments, Directors and Heads of Directorates of the Ministry of Finance who were on hand to welcome him, the Commissioner stressed the need to close ranks to create a formidable team that would drive the industrialization program of the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration.
Mr. Nkan who described the Ministry of Finance as the mirror of the state government in view of its capacity to manage the state’s resources to stimulate economic growth and stability especially in a challenging time, said it was expedient for all to be innovative not only in building on the previous strategies but also to formulate and adopt new techniques that would yield significant result especially in raising the bar in revenue generation.
The Finance Commissioner asserted that the State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel places high premium on the well-being of citizenry as encapsulated in his five-point agenda and should be given maximum support to actualize his lofty goals that would add value to the lives of the people of the State.
He therefore charged staff to be proactive and be good ambassadors of the State Government by getting the public well-informed and enlightened on government activities so as to secure their buy-in to those policies and programs of government.
Earlier in her remarks, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Eme-ete Imuk briefed the Commissioner on the Ministerial responsibilities of the Ministry, its achievements so far since inception of the present administration, prospects and challenges, as well as appreciated the State Governor for bringing another Financial Expert in the person of Mr. Linus Nkan whom she described as a square peg in a square hole to superintend over the Ministry.
She expressed optimism that with Mr Nkan’s pedigree, track record of success in the financial sector, and as the twelfth Commissioner for Finance to be sworn-in in the twelfth month of the year, his leadership would open a new chapter for the Ministry, praying God to give him the enablement to carry out his functions creditably.
On hand to receive the Government House team were the Permanent Secretary, State Budget Office and Acting Chairman, Internal Revenue Service, Pastor Nicholas Ekarika, the Deputy Director of Administration, Mr. Imoh Udontah, Acting Director, Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MOFI), Very Rev (Dr.) Otuekong Ukut, Sunday Udioko of Computer Department as well as Victor Edet and Moses Esara of PRS and Account Departments.
They pledged total support, partnership and loyalty for the Commissioner to succeed in the onerous task of taking the Finance Ministry to the next level.
The meeting also featured formal presentation of the new Acting Accountant-General, Pastor Uwem Andrew Essien to the Finance Management team.
By Ramo Silvers