Written by Austine ELEMUE

Director hails Bello, Ohaa on prudence

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, and the permanent secretary, Sir Christian Ohaa, have been commended for ensuring prudent management of financial and human resources. 

FCT Director of Treasury, Ismaila Ishiaku, disclosed this while speaking with members of the FCT Press Corps who were in his office to celebrate his 59th birthday. 

Referring to the FCT minister, Ishiaku recalled that Bello came into office determined to positively and quickly turn things around. 

According to him, "Bello came in with the feeling of a government that wanted to do things differently. So he was in a hurry to see that things were changed. Thank God his efforts were complimented by the present permanent secretary, who also is an accountant and has had a stint or an interface with politics. 

"Thank God for my fitting in with him, because the fact of the matter is that loyalty cannot be lopsided. Loyalty is absolute, it is for the interest of Nigeria. That, I must thank him for accepting me, for us to work together and for the progress we are making." 

Speaking on the dangers of managing a lucrative treasury, the DOT said: "Being put in charge of finances of a big organization like the FCT Administration exposes us to a lot of challenges from both the high and mighty in the society, including politicians and big business persons from the private sector". 

He, however, warned that it behooves on them to work as a team, be honest, transparent, diligent, accountable and incorruptible and ensure attainment of government goals through effective service delivery. 

"So frankly speaking, the few years we have been together maybe so stressful in maintaining our reputation to make sure that whatever the temptation, we should realize that the future is better than now, so we cannot destroy it", he advised. 

Speaking about his staff and colleagues, he said, "I must thank my staff. I have only two eyes in my front; no eyes by my side; no eyes behind, so their honesty, sincerity and patience are very important. 

"We are supposed to be mature, such that I can guide them, so they too can guide me. If I fail, they have also failed; if there is lack of transparency here, it is all of us that are liable. We are old enough to make sure that the names we have built over a long period of time are not destroyed overnight, and we have children who will bear our names, because if my child is coming to apply for journalism, you will automatically look at him with that mindset". 

Chairman of the FCT Press Corps, Comrade Ikharo Attah, who spoke earlier, extoled the virtues of the director and pledged that the corps would always maintain objectivity and balance in its duties.   

                                                       

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