By Mary Jalingo 


Permanent Secretary, Niger State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alh.  Yusuf Barau Kagara,  has implored staff of the ministry to rededicate themselves to their work in order to achieve improved socio-economic status of farmers and improved food production in the state. 
Alh.  Yusuf Barau Kagara made the call during the handing over ceremony between him and the out-gone Permanent Secretary, Alh. Muhammad Danladi Ibrahim at the ministry conference hall recently. 
He said the importance of the sector as the driver of the state economy can not be over-emphasised adding that if they must contribute their quota to the development of the state,  staff must be punctual to work,  uphold honesty and hard work principle and the change begin with me motto. 
He thanked God for giving him the opportunity to serve the state as a permanent secretary and solicited for their support and commitment to advance the achievements recorded by his predecessor. 
Speaking earlier,  the out gone Permanent Secretary,  Alh. Muhammad Danladi Ibrahim appreciated the cordial working relationship he enjoyed with the management and staff of the ministry and the agencies under it and appealed for same or even more of such support to be extended to the new permanent secretary. 
He took the opportunity to apologized to those he must have offended by his action during his tenure to forgive and forget adding that his actions were not intentional but due to pressure for demanding the best end result from them. 
In a related development,  Alh Muhammad Danladi Ibrahim also handed over the mantle of leadership to the incoming Permanent Secretary of the newly created Ministry of Fisheries and Animal Resources from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Jonathan K. Wasa.  
In his remark at the occasion,  the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Alh. Abbas Musa congratulated  the two new permanent secretaries on their appointments and urged them to discharge their duties without fear or favour.