By Henry UMORU Abuja
Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed has appealed to the management of the Federal Character Commission, FCC, to ensure that Abuja residents are considered in Federal appointments and membership of Boards of parastatals.
Senator Mohammed who made the appeal in Abuja while receiving some officials of the Federal Character Commission, who paid him a visit in his office, said such consideration would give a sense of belonging to the residents.
He said that â€œthe Chapter VIII, Section 299 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria stipulates that the Federal Capital Territory should be treated like a state and therefore the residents should enjoy all the rights and privileges the 36 states of the federation are accorded withâ€.
According to the minister, â€œthe people of the Federal Capital Territory should be given opportunity of fair representation in the Federal Civil Service as well as Chairmanship/membership of Boards of Parastatals.
“The FCT Administration is bigger than a Federal Ministry because it has a territory and provides services like education, health services, security, water supply as well as other municipal servicesâ€, he noted.
He said the Federal Character Commission is a very important organ of the Federal Government because its operation unifies and equalises the devolution of power, which according to him gives a sense of belonging to all section of the country.
Leader of the delegation Dr. Martins Oke, had earlier told the Minister that the commission was established for the unity of the country, just like Abuja is the centre of unity.
Dr. Oke, the Federal Commissioner representing Enugu State in the Commission promised that the Federal Character Commission will support the FCT Administration to achieve the desired result when undertaking any recruitment exercise.