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Mass resignation imminent in FCTA



As 2019 general elections approach, there are indications that many of the political appointees to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who have barely served for just one year, were already preparing their handover notes.


Checks revealed that about five of the appointees, who were inaugurated in September 2017, may soon submit their resignation letters, as a precursor to their exit.


This development became obvious following the directive from the Minister, that appointees who wished to pursue any political ambition should resign their appointments immediately.


The directive, which was conveyed in a circular marked PS/FCTA/589, and dated August 30, 2018, was made available to Executive Secretary, FCDA, Chief of State to the FCT Minister, Secretaries of Mandate Secretariats, Senior Special Assistants and other relevant officers.


The circular, signed by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Christian Ohaa, reads in parts: “You may wish to note that in compliance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, (as amended) and the Electoral Act 2010, (as amended), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issued the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the conduct of the 2019 General Elections.


“Consequently, the Honourable Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has directed political appointees and other employees in the Federal Capital Territory Administration, who wish to seek elective positions to formally resign from their current positions to enable them pursue their political ambitions.”


It also directed thus: “Those affected are expected to handover all government property in their custody to the Permanent Secretary, upon the submission of their letters of resignation.


“Finally, I wish to express the deep appreciation of the FCT Administration to the effected officers and to wish them success in their future endeavours.”

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