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I’m Set To Implement Civil Service Commission In FCT, Come Rain Come Shine – Wike

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has announced that he would soon implement the Civil Service Commission In the FCT, irrespective of the opposition from certain quartets, with nine Permanent Secretaries to be appointed to head the Mandate Secretariats of the Administration.
Wike, who made this known today, March 4, at a meeting with the Directors of the FCT Administration (FCTA) and the Federal Capital Development Authority, (FCDA), said also that a Head of Service and Chairman of the Civil Service Commission as well as Members of the Commission will be appointed to take charge of the employment, training, and discipline of the Civil Servants, the same way it is being practiced in states of the Federation.
The Minister described the establishment of the FCT Civil Service Commission as a bold initiative, saying that it takes people who are firm and with a desire to do things right to implement certain policies or laws.
“The Renewed Hope Agenda of Mr. President is to do things right and that was why the President took that step to implement the 2018 law regarding establishing the Civil Service of the FCT.
“By the grace of God, we will have a Head of Service. We will have Permanent Secretaries that will head the various Secretariats, just like what is obtainable in the states”.
The Minister said that though there were challenges while implementing the policy as there were people opposed to it, the President stood firm and insisted that the FCT Civil Service Commission must be established.
“Very soon, we will be sending names to Mr. President for approval of those who will be the first set of Permanent Secretaries that will head the various Secretariats and then, of course, the Head of Service, and then the Chairman and members of the Civil Service Commission, who will now be responsible for the employment, training, and discipline of the FCT Civil Service.”
The Minister said that he would submit the names to the President on his return from Qatar, adding that he would also ensure geographical spread in line with the Federal Character Principle.
“When the President comes back today, I will submit the nine persons. It must be spread in the six geopolitical zones. So, if it is nine that is coming, at least, the six zones must have one each. That makes it six. Then we can play with three because I will not support where one zone will take three, another zone does not have. We will not do that. So, pray that you will be one of the first Permanent Secretaries. It will be a real feat for you.”
According to the Minister, some Directors are working to frustrate the efforts of the government. He warned that he will not accept any act of sabotage.
The Minister said that the current Administration has done what no other Administration has done for the Directors and called on them to give their full support in order to achieve the mandate of the President.
“I worry that Mr. President cannot be doing this and some of us are sabotaging the efforts of the Administration. If what you have been looking for, for years, somebody comes on board to say this thing has been difficult, any obstacle, I’m going to remove it. This thing must be implemented, it requires that you too on your own part must do everything necessary for the person to succeed and it takes commitment, it takes hard work.
“We are doing the best we can to change the face of the city. You too have to help us. I feel that I should let you know this so that you won’t say you were not warned. We are fully aware and you know, anything that I want to do, let heaven come down, I will do it.”
Wike said d that he will carry out a reshuffle of the Directorship cadre to encourage efficiency and service delivery.
He said that he would rejig the system with the transfer of several Directors, adding that he would not allow any Director to remain permanently in one office.
“People are commending us for what we are doing, but we have to move faster. So, I felt I should let you know so that you won’t say you were taken unaware.”
Wike said that the withdrawal of the FCT from the Treasury Single Account has enabled the FCT Administration to carry out so many infrastructure development, and that the Administration will roll out the achievements of President Bola Tinubu by May this year.

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