15th July, 2011
President Goodluck Jonathan this morning warned the newly appointed ministers against engaging in corrupt practices.
Speaking at the beginning of a two-day retreat for the new ministers, Jonathan said his administration will operate a policy of zero tolerance for corruption.
He told the ministers: â€œPublic funds are meant for public and should be so treated.â€
The President said he will not protect any of the ministers said to be involved in corrupt practices.
â€œNeither the Vice-President nor I will offer protection to anyone whose integrity is called to question,â€ Jonathan said.
He stated that Nigerians expect the ministers to deliver quickly on their various mandate.
â€œI promise Nigerians that I will never let them down,â€ Jonathan told the ministers on his promise to transform the country.
â€œThis should also be your promise,â€ Jonathan told the ministers.
Jonathan said that the anti-corruption agencies have been directed to beam their search light on the ministries, states, federal and local governments.
The two-day retreat which will end tomorrow is to explain to the newly appointed cabinet members the agenda of President Jonathanâ€™s administration.
The retreat is being attended by the President, the Vice President, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, permanent secretaries and other government officials.