Written by Austine ELEMUE

…Hands over amidst accolades

The immediate past FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has formally handed over the reins of authority of the FCT Administration to the permanent secretary, Sir Christian Ohaa. 

The well attended ceremony which took place at the official residence of the minister was performed amidst accolades by staff and other FCT stakeholders. 

The permanent secretary, in his remarks described the former minister as a man of deep convictions who not only led by example but often took the moral high road instead flowing with the tide. 

In his words, “His convictions never wavered, no matter the amount of pressure. With him, right was right, wrong was wrong, black is black, white is white. There were no shades of grey”. 

He also commended Bello for choosing to complete projects initiated by his predecessors while initiating others and completing them within his tenure. 

Ohaa mentioned the light rail project and various road projects as examples. 

He also commended him for his anti-corruption stance and for bringing trust and integrity back into government business. 

Also presenting an award to the former minister was the chairperson of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Prof. Zainab Duke who said only a select few world leaders were recipients of the award of merit, stressing that Bello was well deserving of it based on his achievements as minister of the FCT. 

Also commending the former minister for his accomplishments in the FCT was the Chairman of the FCT Press Corps, Comrade Ikharo Attah, who described him as one of the best media friendly ministers. 

The FCT ALGON represented by its Chairman, Hon. Adamu Mustapha of Gwagwalada Area Council, also described Bello as an incorruptible administrator who ensured that all area council funds were duly released in full to them. 

In his response, Bello thanked all those present at the event and admonished the residents of the FCT to treat the city and its environment with care. 

He advised that the city must be nurtured so that future generations can also enjoy living in it. 

He also asked the area council chairmen to also properly develop their communities and ensure that amenities are provided in their domains. 

He thanked the civil servants who he described as dedicated and experienced and said that a lot of the positive developments in the FCT are as a result of their hard work and dedication. 

Bello also paid tributes to the mandate secretaries and other political appointees.

 

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