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Every interest is represented in mandate secretaries’ appointment – Bello



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FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, says every interest is represented in the appointment of FCT Mandate Secretaries, recently approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Bello made the clarification at an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday.

He described the nation’s capital as a mini-Nigeria, saying all interests were represented.

The President had approved the appointment of Mandate Secretaries, Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Heads of Agencies and Personal Aides to the FCT Minister.

Bello, who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Malam Abubakar Sani, said the appointments were evenly distributed across the six geopolitical zones.

The minister said, “If you look at the way FCT is structured, you will know that FCT is a mini-Nigeria and every interest is being represented.

“What is done is to consider the wide range of opinion and stakeholders that partake in the development of the territory.

“There is no amount of time that is too short or too long to consult widely and be able to reach consensus as to who should be on board to be able to join in the FCT project.

“If you look at the appointments, the President, by the recommendation of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello has taken every interest into consideration.

“Careful look at the list of the appointees indicates that no geopolitical zone of this country has been left out. It must also be mentioned that every appointment and position is important for the smooth running of the FCT Administration.’’

He said that those appointed were professionals, assuring that they would bring their professionalism to bear on the development of FCT.

“A lot of foundation had already been laid to ensure that we build Abuja of our dreams, all the appointees are qualified.

“We ensured that all contractors are back to work, you can see massive construction work ongoing around the nation’s capital.

“A lot of bridges are coming up that will link the Ring Road one to Phase two side of Abuja. We need to provide infrastructure so that development can take place in other parts of the territory.

“This is important and the appointees are coming to ensure full development of the territory,” the minister said.

Salisu Sani-idris

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