We must change our pattern – Wike to FCTA staffs

We must change our pattern - Wike to FCTA staffs

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has charged directors of the various departments in the administration to change their patterns and allow improvements in the territory.

The minister gave the charge during the official handover of files by the Permanent Secretary of the FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, at the Conference Hall of the Federal Capital Development Authority in Abuja on Tuesday.

Wike, who sought to clarify earlier remarks at a press briefing on Monday, following his inauguration by President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, explained that his vision was to promptly attend to the issues of sanitation, provision of streetlights, and transportation in the FCT, all of which he said would be made functional in a short time.

He urged directors and soon-to-be-appointed secretaries of the FCTA to ask to be reposted to a different department if they felt that they would not be able to deliver on whatever portfolios they were assigned to.

“So, if you know you don’t have the capacity, you can come to me, ‘Sir, can I be posted to another place?’ It is simple. For us, it is a privilege, it is an opportunity to tell Nigerians we can’t disappoint you. For us to tell Mr President we cannot disappoint you. So, when I see that a particular area is going to give me a bad name, I will not allow you to be sitting down like that. It’s not as if I hold anything against you. We must change our pattern and make sure that Abuja is as clean as it is supposed to be.

“This job is not likable; it’s not a job people will like you for. It’s a job where people will hate you because you are doing the right thing. But at the end of the day, they will come to love you. That’s the way it is,” he added.

While instructing the Directors of Sanitation, Transport and Streetlights to provide strategies to revamp their sectors by Monday, the minister said street trading defaced the city, and contributed to insecurity, while describing issues with land in the FCT as being in “serious crisis”.

He further stated that he would not do any abandoned projects, adding that he would not award any projects for which there was no money.

In his handover address, the Perm. Sec. of the FCTA, Olusade Adesola, disclosed that some of the issues requiring the minister’s urgent attention included emergency rehabilitation works at the lower Usuma Dam, revenue matters, among others.

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