FCTA perm sec tasks media on watchdog role
The Federal Capital Territory Administration Permanent Secretary, Sir Christian Ohaa, has urged the media to keep bureaucrats on their toes for effective service delivery to the people.
Ohaa said the media is needed at this point in time to enhance performance in government at all levels.
He gave this charge in a parley with journalists over the weekend, noting that in the FCT, the media has kept the bureaucracy on its toes and that it has propelled hard work.
According to him, "you (media) keep us on our toes and make us remember our mandate, especially in security, infrastructure, light and human capital development. We cherish the good working relationship that has existed between the FCT Administration and the media".
The permanent secretary described the period of transition delicate and tedious, but called on all hands to be on deck, stating that residents must keep the ship on course to achieve the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari and that the steam must not die down throughout this period.
He said the FCT is working and that very soon, the system would takeoff as they are working round the clock, sorting things out to meet the demands of new National Assembly accommodations, security of lives and property in the nation's capital.
Ohaa, urged the media to endeavour to cross check facts concerning the FCT Administration as their doors are always open, just as he urged the media to keep the symbiotic relationship between the administration and the media in the interest of the nation and Abuja residents.
Earlier, chairman of the FCT Press Corps, Comrade Attah Ikharo, said as journalists with stake in the nation's capital, they are committed to remain objective in their reportage, without compromising professionalism.
He said journalists in Abuja have learnt to become, not just watch dogs but stakeholders in the Abuja project in the interest of the nation.