FCT natives beg Wike for inclusion in political appointments

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Natives of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, have appealed to the minister, Barr Nyesom Wike to include them in his appointments to give them a sense of belonging in the FCT administration.

A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, and elder statesman, Danjuma Tanko, who made this call in a press briefing yesterday in Abuja, said that they have observed that the appointments made so far by the minister have not carried the natives along, especially members of the APC.

Tanko said that it was expected that as minister of the FCT, members of the APC who are Abuja natives should be given some priority in political appointments in the administration, saying that there are qualified indigenes of the FCT who can head some key agencies in the territory.

According to the elder statesman, the natives under the platform of the APC laboured for the party against all odds, when the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, was in power, and they never gave up until the APC took over, so it was expected that they would be carried along in the scheme of things.

“We are not happy with the way the FCT natives, mostly members of the APC, are been sidelined by this FCT administration. We were the ones that fought for the ruling party in the FCT, and we expected that by now, we will be benefiting from the government that we fought for.

“We are calling on the minister to consider the natives in subsequent appointments, because we have noticed that the natives are not appointed in any positions to head any agency in the territory.

“We have educated and qualified FCT natives in the APC that can head any government agency in the territory. So, we should be given the opportunity to be part of the government that we laboured for and not be treated as if we are second class citizens when it has to do with governance,” he said.

The natives also appealed to the FCT minister to encourage the area councils’ chairmen, by increasing their allocations for them to be able to impact on the lives of people at the grassroots. “We have noticed that the developmental stride of the minister is concentrated on the urban areas, while the rural areas are left for the council chairman to attend to and ensure that they make it livable for communal residents.

“So, we are also appealing to the FCT minister, Nyesom Wike to support the council chairman by increasing their monthly allocations, so that they can impact positively on the lives of people at the grassroots, because they are closer to the grassroots than the minister of FCT.

“The idea by the minister to cut short revenue generation for the Area councils amount to abuse of democratic principles. This single dichotomy and autocratic decision to appoint a minister to oversee the affairs of elected officials is absolutely undemocratic and therefore, the people of Abuja desire a complete democratic structure, where any Nigerian can contest.”