He stated that he has not resigned and had not contemplated resigning.
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Bala Mohammed, has stated that his tenure as Minister is at the discretion of his principal, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who appointed him minister.
He stated that he has not resigned and had not contemplated resigning, contrary to reports in some quarters.
The Minister made this clarification, Thursday, during a meeting with some community leaders from the Federal Capital Territory at his official residence in Gwarinpa I District (Life-Camp), Abuja.
According to him,“If Mr. President says that I should continue and stay here, of course I will do so. Any assignment he (President) gives me that I will carry out according to the will of Almighty Allah”.
Others present at the meeting included the Minister of State for FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide; members of National Assembly representing FCT; Area Councils’ chairmen; the Chairman of FCT Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Yunusa Suleiman; ward chairmen; women leaders amongst other stakeholders of the party from the six area councils that make up the Territory.
According to the Minister, the meeting was convened to create general awareness and sensitize people with a view to deepening the democratic process in the Territory.
Different speakers at the meeting commended the minister on his good administrative style, describing him as a true democrat and party man. Zephaniah Jisalo representing Abuja North Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives said they were grateful for the assistance being extended to the party and the area councils by the minister. He thus advised area council chairmen to complement the efforts of the minister in mobilizing and sensitizing the people.
Isah Ega Dobi, the member representing Abuja South Federal Constituency also spoke in similar vein. He said the people of FCT sincerely appreciate Bala Mohammed. According to him, since the minister’s assumption of office, things have been functioning smoothly in FCT.
He said, “We want you to continue here with us, to remain with us so that you will continue the laudable service you have been rendering to all of us here in the FCT.”
Ega Dobi vowed to continue to explain the various programmes and policies of the Bala Mohammed administration to the people at the grassroots.
“We will do so because all he has been doing is for development and wellbeing of the generality of the people”, he added.
Another stakeholder of the party and Commissioner representing FCT at the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission, Danjuma Busa, while commending the minister said he has brought new impetus to development of Abuja. He described Senator Bala Mohammed as a leader who cares for the welfare and future wellbeing of the indigenous stock of FCT stressing that he has done more than any other Minister.
He said that the people of FCT would wish him to continue for more in order to fully actualize his lofty initiatives such as the land swap programme.
The Chairman of the party in FCT, Yunusa Suleiman, also commended the Minister for his contribution in advancing the fortunes of the party at all levels. He recalled that under the Minister, the party has gained control of five out of six area councils in the FCT contrary to the situation in the past when PDP was in control of between three and four area councils in the territory.
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