The inhabitants of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) in Nigeria have commended the minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello for what they described as ‘fair representation of the indigenes’ in the current FCT Administration.
They made the commendation during the World Indigenous Day celebration in Abuja.
Speaking on behalf of the Abuja Indigenous Association, the Co-coordinator, Alhaji Usman Shuaibu appreciated the Minister for carrying the people along in the affairs of the Territory.
Alhaji Shuaibu explained that since the inception of Abuja,”no Administration had really carried their people along like the present Administration.”
He also praised the minister for ensuring that infrastructure and other social amenities get to the rural communities and satellite towns of the FCT.
“Let me also thank the minister for providing infrastructure and social amenities in the interior communities of the FCT. The minister has done his best to ensure that dividends of democracy reach people at the grassroots. This is a feat to be commended,” he stated.
Alhaji Shuaibu further used the occasion to appeal to the minister to use his good office to inform President Muhammadu Buhari to consider an indigene of FCT for ministerial appointment.
The President of the National Council for Women Societies FCT chapter, Mrs. Nancy Bulus government extolled the record of the current Administration towards ensuing an inclusive government.
She urged ”the Administration to support the emergence of women as candidates in the forthcoming general elections.”
Responding on behalf of FCT Minister, the Permanent Secretary, Mr Chinyeaka Ohaa thanked the group for their support to the present Administration.
Mr Ohaa also praised them for their continued receptiveness and peaceful co-existence with other Nigerians in the FCT.
The Permanent Secretary used the occasion to disclose that soon, the Administration would send some of the indigenes abroad for training on railway engineering and administration.
According to the Permanent Secretary, the Buhari led Administration in demonstration of its commitments to running an inclusive Administration has given the original inhabitants of FCT prime positions, including the position of a Permanent Secretary.
He assured the group that the current FCT Administration would continue to address issues that affect them in line with the law of the land.
Dwelling on the achievement of the present FCT Administration, the Permanent Secretary reeled out Greater Abuja Water project, near completion of Apo Karshi road.
Other projects include completion of Airport road, completion of hitherto other abandoned projects, opening up of more districts, cleanliness of the city, prompt payment of staff salaries, among others.