By Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Christian Chinyaeka Ohaa, has charged the media practitioners to always keep bureaucrats on their toes, so as to ensure effective and efficient service delivery to the people.
He opined that stakeholders within the bureaucracy needed to be constantly made to focus on their mandate, thereby keeping performance at uptimum level.
Ohaa, who is acting FCT Minister, said the media was needed at this point in time to enhance performance in government at all levels.
Giving the charge in a parley with newsmen over the weekend, the Permanent Secretary said noted that in the FCT, the media has kept the bureaucracy on its toes and that it has propelled hard work.
He said: “You (media practitioners) keep us on our toes and make us remember our mandate, especially in security, infrastructure, light and human capital development”.
“We cherish the good working relationship that has existed between the FCT Administration and the media.”
According to him, the period of transition, which seems delicate and tedious, but that with all hands on deck, they must keep the ship on course to achieve the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He added that the steam must not die down through out during the transition period.
He however reiterated that the FCT is working and that very soon, the system would take off as they are working round the clock, sorting things out to meet the demands of new National Assembly accommodations, security of lives and property in the nation’s capital, issues of infrastructure which must be world class and others.
He also urged the media to endeavour to cross check facts concerning the FCT Administration as their doors are always open.
He equally advised the media to keep the symbiotic relationship between the Administration and the media in the interest of the nation and Abuja residents in particular.
Earlier, Chairman of the FCT Press Corps, Comrade Ikharo Attah noted that as newsmen with stake in the nation’s capital, they are committed to remain objective and committed in their reportage, without compromising professionalism.
He explained that journalists in Abuja have learnt to become, not just watch dogs but stakeholders in the Abuja project in the interest of the nation.