- …Threatens to kick out unproductive staff
By Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello has warned staff and management of the Administration to be up and doing in the discharge of their duties or face swift rustication from the system.
Bello, who was reappointed and reassigned to the FCT, declared zero tolerance for unproductivity, as his second tenure would not be business as usual.
He made this assertion yesterday while recieving handover notes from the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Christian Ohaa, in Abuja.
The Minister noted that he was not prepared to waste time and resources in cajoling staff to do their duties, as the exit door awaits any staff of the administration who does not want to add value to the system.
He added that performance is paramount in the agenda of the current administration, as he was prepared to deliver the mandate given to him by the President.
According to him, during his first tenure, he expended a lot of time working on the identified deficiencies found in the workforce, and also in the system.
“During my first time, I used a lot of time pursuing workers around and encouraging all to be their best. I gave all of you free hand. I spent a lot of time ensuring that various departments strive to be productive.
“This time around, every agencies must do its work. All must be held accountable, any body who does not do its work shall be out of the system.
“Every agency will be expected to do its work and every head of agency will be held responsible and accountable.
“And this time around, I will not be cajoling, lobbying, pushing you, begging you to do your work. Anybody that does his work will be part of the team and anyone that does not do his or her work will be kicked out,” Bello stressed.
The Minister, who expressed displeasure that most of the senior staff of the administration could not brace up to the challenge of creating a positive image needed to support the change agenda of the past administration, noted that now, everybody must sit up.
He disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari had clearly stated the objectives he wants all ministers to achieve, hence while the Presidency monitors him to do his job, he would not relent to ensure that all staff in FCT live up to their responsibilities.
He therefore assured that he will focus on the provision of funding for the successful execution of projects that have direct bearing to the upliftment of residents of the territory and the development of the nation’s capital.
“There is going to be enforcement of extant rules and regulations and this is going to cut across boards, including in the Secretariats, Departments and Agencies (SDAs), Area Councils and traditional institutions in the FCT,” he stated.
Earlier in his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Christian Ohaa while assuring the Ministers of loyalty and full support, noted that within the three months he held sway, overseeing the administration, SDAs have remained alive to their duties.
Ohaa expressed the delight of the entire staff of the FCTA over the reappointment of Malam Bello as FCT Minister and the appointment of Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu as Minister of State.
His words: “On behalf of the entire staff of the FCTA, I wish to pledge our full support, cooperation and loyalty to ensure that you achieve the mandate of taking the FCT to the next level.”