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Wike Announces Plan To Appoint Nine Permanent Secretaries In FCTA

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FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, announced on Monday that preparations had been finalized for the appointment of nine permanent secretaries to oversee the nine secretariats of the FCT Administration.

Naija News reports that Wike disclosed this in Abuja yesterday during a press briefing following an inspection of various road projects in the federal capital city.

He emphasized that this decision aligns with the regulations outlined in the FCT Civil Service Commission Act, 2018, which was endorsed by President Bola Tinubu.

Wike also expressed his dissatisfaction with the delays in processing files and cautioned the directors against any actions that could hinder the administration’s progress.

The minister further mentioned that he had given the green light for the advancement of approximately 8,000 employees in the FCT.

He emphasized that these individuals are expected to reciprocate by demonstrating increased dedication and commitment to their roles.

‘FCT Operates Differently From Other Region’ – Senator Ireti Kingibe Speaks On Rift With Wike

Meanwhile, the Senator representing the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, in the Red Chamber of the National Assembly, Ireti Kingibe, has debunked rumours of a rift between her and the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike.

Naija News reports that Kingibe also emphasized that the ambiguity in the separation of powers in the FCT warrants careful examination.

She argued that FCT operates differently from other regions, stressing that every minister must recognise that the National Assembly and its members have a supervisory role over their actions.

She, however, expressed her commitment to working with all parties to address significant aspects of governance, including the needs of the people, prioritizing security, hunger, water, hospitals, and schools.

She said, “It’s important to recognise that the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, operates differently from other regions; here, the highest elected official is the Senator, as opposed to a governor.

“Moreover, we only have two representatives in the House of Representatives. The division of powers between the executive and the legislature in the FCT is ambiguous and warrants careful examination.

“Historically, despite the structural issues, previous ministers have acknowledged the legislators as the people’s representatives and collaborated with them to address the populace’s needs, thereby mitigating these systemic flaws.

“It is imperative for every minister to recognise that the National Assembly and its members have a supervisory role over their actions. This oversight appears to be the crux of the current contention.

“As a senator, there are numerous initiatives I am eager to pursue, provided our budget allows it. I aim to prioritize, especially the smaller, yet significant, aspects of governance.”



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