Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Nyesom Wike has vowed to get to the bottom of the recent garnishee order to the sum of over $600 million against the FCTA and ensure that such situations do not recur.
The minister who made this known yesterday at the swearing-in ceremony of the mandate secretaries of the FCTA, described the garnishee order as an embarrassing incident, adding that transparency and accountability will be the hallmark of his administration.
Wike said that in addition to addressing infractions, they will closely examine the laws and seek ways to strengthen them, closing any loopholes that offenders may exploit to the detriment of the administration and the people of the FCT.
He advised the newly inaugurated mandate secretaries, to communicate amongst themselves, share ideas, and support each other in their roles, saying that they are part of a team, and ultimately, what affects one of them tends to affect all. He said that working together and learning from each other, they can overcome challenges more effectively and achieve their goals.
“Your appointment to these crucial positions reflects not only your capabilities but also the collective trust and expectations that the government and the people of the FCT have placed in you. Today, we mark the beginning of a new chapter, one that demands dedication, diligence, and a steadfast commitment to service.
“I stand here today with a profound sense of responsibility and optimism. It is my privilege to serve as the FCT minister and to work with you as we embark on a mission of rebuilding and developing the FCT into a world-class capital territory.
“This task has been entrusted to us by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and it comes at a time when our beloved capital city needs renewal. Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to undertake various tours and assessments within the FCT, and I must admit that I have been less than impressed with some of the observations I have made,” he said.
The minister further said that it was incumbent upon them to address these issues with determination and urgency, particularly regarding their procurement processes, saying that transparency, efficiency, and accountability must become the cornerstones of their administration.
“As Mandate Secretaries, your role in this journey of transformation is pivotal. You are not only advisors but also leaders and implementers of our policies. You have a duty to translate our vision into tangible actions that will shape the future of the FCT.
“I urge you to approach your responsibilities with unwavering dedication, for service is a privilege that often demands sacrifices. Be prepared to make those sacrifices, as our mission is greater than any one of us.
“Our president has entrusted us with the monumental task of rebuilding and developing the FCT into a world-class city. To achieve this, we must address several key areas that are essential for the progress of our city and the well-being of our residents.
“First, we will give due attention to the development of our satellite towns. The prosperity and well-being of our residents extend beyond the city center, and it is our responsibility to ensure that all areas of the FCT experience progress and development,” he said.
He said that a significant aspect of their mission will be the enhancement of their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) profile and that they must explore innovative ways to raise the necessary funds to support their development agenda.
“This is crucial to finance the ambitious projects and initiatives we have planned. Public transportation is a major challenge that we must address comprehensively. No modern city can function effectively and efficiently without a reliable and comprehensive public transportation system. We are committed to establishing an integrated and efficient transport network that meets the needs of our residents.
“Environmental sanitation is another pressing concern, as expressed by our residents. Clean and well-maintained surroundings are not only a reflection of our city’s pride but also a fundamental requirement for a healthy and prosperous community. It is a collective responsibility of both the government and the citizens, and we must work collaboratively to ensure a cleaner and greener FCT.
“Security, an equally shared responsibility, is paramount to the well-being of our residents. We will collaborate closely with law enforcement agencies and communities to ensure a safe and secure environment for all. Without security, we cannot hope to achieve our development goals,” he said.