The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has announced the appointment of Abuja’s version of State Commissioners, called Mandate Secretaries.
In addition, he also named other Political appointees into relevant positions in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), according to a statement from his office.
Analysys expect that now that he has his own men in place, almost two years after, the territory will take on a new lease of life. “Abuja has been in slow, very slow, motion since he came in. Street lights are dead, roads are deteriorating, health and other services are on a downward slope; but environmental sanitation is good, thievery has reduced, FCTA is a ghost town with listless staff in most offices. We hope this is the change needed to re-invigorate this place, ” one said.
The appointments, the statement said further, are in keeping with his commitment to repositioning the FCTA into a more robust and service-oriented administrative structure and enhancing its operational capability.
The new appointees are as follows:
Adamu Abubakar Bappah – Area Council Services
Hon. Nzekwe Stanley Ifeanyichukwu – Agriculture and Rural Development
Senator Isa Maina – Education
Barr. Amanda Pam – Health and Human Services
Barr. Muhammad B. Umar – Legal Services
Oladimeji Ali Hassan – Social Development; and
Kayode Opeifa – Transportation.
The Coordinators of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council and Satellite Town Development Department are Umar Shuaibu and Isiyaku Tanko Yamawo respectively while the Managing Director of the Abuja Broadcasting Services is Ibrahim Damisa.
Similarly, the list of the various Political Aides include:
Mohammad Bashir Mai-Bornu – Chief of Staff
Dr. Bala Mohammed Liman – Senior Special Assistant, Finance and Economic Matters
Olafusi Emmanuel Tosin Esq – Senior Special Assistant Legal and Multi-lateral Cooperation; and
Abubakar Muh’d Abdullahi – Senior Special Assistant, ICT.
In the same vein, the following Advisers on Community Relations have been appointed. They are: Chika Alexander Nwatu, Abu Zarr Sulaiman Ribadu and Isa Dara Bwari.
The Minister stressed that the appointments are as provided by the relevant sections of the Federal Capital Territory (Establishment of Functionaries and Departments) and Ministry of Federal Capital Territory (Dissolution) Order No. 1, 2004 as modified.
They are also premised on the desire and commitment of the Administration to ensure quality service delivery, particularly social services to the teeming residents of the Federal Capital Territory.
The appointments take immediate effect, while arrangement for their swearing-in will be announced in due course.