The outgoing Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary, Ernest Ruzindaza, yesterday handed over office to his successor, Tony Nsanganira, who promised to work hard to increase the sector growth.
Nsanganira, the former head of the agri-business department at Rwanda Development Board (RDB), called on the ministry’s staff to cooperate since they have more knowledge regarding the operation of the institution.
He promised to build on Ruzindaza’s achievements and work hard to develop the sector.
“I intend to bring the private sector on board. This way I believe the sectoral growth that ranged between five and six per cent in the last five years, will get to at least 8.5 per cent in the next five years.”
Nsanganira said the task will not be too daunting, since he has been working in a related field.
Ruzindaza was relieved of his duties by last week’s Cabinet’s meeting after about six years in office.
In his handover speech, Ruzindaza challenged his successor to maximise the ministry’s team to develop the agriculture sector.
“Since I have more experience in this field, you and other members of staff should feel free to consult me whenever there is need,” he said.
Ruzindaza commended Agriculture minister Dr Agnes Kalibata, as an exemplary figure whose actions are worth emulating.
“If you get to know her for long, you will notice that hard work and self drive are part of her identity,” he said.
Dr Kalibata hailed Ruzindaza for courageously taking on tough responsibilities and decisions whenever it was necessary.
“It is unfair to say that it is only me who pushed this ministry to the level it has come, but his input and that of the whole team was very crucial too,” she said.
Dr Kalibata asked the incoming PS to brace for hard tasks.