Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, FCTA, urged FCTA public office holders to exercise discipline and focus in carrying out their duties.
The Minister made the remarks at the end of a three-day retreat for FCTA political figures in Abuja.
“Public service” requires a lot of discipline, and “as a political office holder, you will find that much of that discipline has to come from within.
He advised them to develop the ability to resist the efforts of their relatives and associates to compromise their integrity and violate public service laws, including procurement processes and the acceptance of gifts.
Bello urged them to create gift registries to keep track of all gifts given, received and by whom, in accordance with applicable standards and regulations.
The Minister reminded them that they were legally responsible for all their activities in the public service and commended the FCT Permanent Secretary and other senior officials for organizing the retreat and bringing in high-level resource persons and highly qualified.
Malam Bashir Mai Bornu, Chief of Staff to the Minister, urged the political figures to reaffirm their commitment to the administration of the FCT and to assist the Minister of the FCT in carrying out his duties.
Also addressing Mr. Olusade Adesola, Permanent Secretary of the FCTA, said that during the retreat, participants studied many facets of the FCTA, including government rules and regulations, as well as a dive depth in the President’s 13-objective mandate.
Mr. Adesola went on to say that the retreat looked at where the FCTA was in terms of fulfilling these responsibilities and how political appointees could best succeed in ensuring that the FCTA achieves its goals in these areas.
He also said that the retreat achieved its objectives in enabling participants to better equip themselves for more effective and efficient service delivery, and that all presentations, discussions and resolutions will be available on a microsite to which those responsible for the administration concerned can easily refer if the need arises.
Engineer Shehu Hadi Ahmed, Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), said the retreat had greatly benefited his organization as the presentations by the resource persons had enhanced the capacity of government officials, which helped to better understand what to do in situations such as emergency procurement, variations in contract performance, etc.
Dr. Bashir Mohammed, Director of the FCTA’s Human Resource Management Department, said the administration expects to see better adjustments in the conduct and performance of civil servants in the future.
Professor Olusegun Olasope, senior consultant for the retreat, commended the FCT administration for its efforts to develop the capacity of its staff and expressed optimism for significant changes in the performance of their duties in the coming months.
Dr. Mohammed Kabir, the Chief Imam of the Abuja National Mosque, and Dr. Samson Jonah, President of the FCT Christian Association of Nigeria, both spoke on the last day of the retreat, reminding participants that they were ultimately accountable to God in the performance of their duties.
The presentation of certificates to the participants was also part of the closing ceremony.