By Stanley Onyekwere
FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has commended federal lawmakers for their enormous contributions to the development of the FCT, saying their guidance and support have helped to ensure that the current FCT Administration succeeds in the discharge of its mandate.
The FCT Minister who gave the commendation when the Senate Committee on Public Procurement, led by Senator Andrew Uchendu, paid him an oversight visit in his office on Thursday, November 7, 2018, said his administration holds the lawmakers in very high esteem for the role they play in achieving good governance.
Bello disclosed that the information he received from one of the National Assembly Committees a month after he became Minister, has continued to be part of the guiding principles that have helped to ensure that he succeeds as Minister of the FCT.
He said the calibre and experience of the people in the National Assembly is unmatched anywhere else in the world.
According to the Minister, “From the outside most people don’t really appreciate that the calibre and experiences of the people that we have in the National Assembly is unmatched anywhere.
“To a very large extent, what I have been able to achieve in the last three years with my colleague here is because of the painstaking way we have been trying to achieve it point by point, based on the information your committee gave me.”
Bello assured that the FCT Administration will continue to work closely with the lawmakers to move the capital city to greater heights. He said officials of the FCTA will make available all relevant information, including physical visit to all the project sites that are under consideration to assist the Committee’s oversight work.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Procurement, Senator Andrew Uchendu, commended the FCT Administration over the organized manner it has gone about the discharge of its mandate in the FCT.
Senator Uchendu said the Committee was on an oversight visit in line with constitutional provisions, to verify the status of the no objection certificates issued by the Bureau for Public Procurement to the FCT Administration, for three major projects, such as the construction of residents of principal officers of the National Assembly.
He adds that the contract for waste management and collection services in designated areas of the FCT and emergency repair works and erosion control as well as some water supply infrastructure at some places in Abuja.
He said the Committee intends to go through the relevant documents to ensure that there is full compliance with the provision of the Public Procurement Act as well as inspect the project site to ensure there is value for money.