FCTA Honours 10 Retirees, Charges on Hardwork, Honesty, Integrity

By: Wisdom Acka

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has called on its staff at all levels to imbibe the spirit of hardwork, honesty and integrity in the discharge of their duties.

The FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, who gave the charge during a dinner organized in honour of ten retired management staff of FCTA/FCDA at the weekend in Abuja, stated that without loyalty, commitment and accountability, it would be difficult for any system to work well.

The Minister, who was represented at the occasion by the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Olusade Adesola, encouraged those still in service to emulate the lifestyle of the retirees, which he said had contributed in no small measure to the success of the FCT Administration.

He words: “For those of us that are still in service, I believe there are good virtues and ethics to emulate from our senior exiting comrades, even as you continue to ensure that hard work, honesty, integrity, loyalty, commitment and accountability remain your hallmarks in service delivery.”

The Minister urged both the retiring staff and those in office to endeavour to project the FCT Administration in good light at all times.

“I urge you to endeavour to project the FCT Administration, which is the seat of the Federal Government of Nigeria in good light before all Nigerians in particular and the International Community in general. Let us all be reminded that the Federal Capital Territory is a unique entity, being a creation of an Act of Law. And must be upheld with that pedigree and standard,” he said.

“For our special retirees, they should not see retirement from service as becoming redundant and spent. But rather to take full advantage of the fact you now have control over your time; therefore, you can now devote your energy to engage yourselves in other areas of greater fulfilment and accomplishment in life”, Bello added.

According to him, “the greater joy and fulfilment is that our retiring colleagues rendered a meritorious service to FCT Administration and the public at large throughout these number of years, the Administration is and will always be proud of you”.

Director, Department of Human Resource Management, Muhammed Bashir, on his part, pledged the Administration’s readiness to continue to equip its staff for better performance.

In her remarks, chairperson, organizing committee of the dinner and acting Director, department of Reformed Coordination and Service Improvement, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu said that the event was a sign of honour in recognition of the retirees’ contributions to the Administration.

According to her, the idea will go a long way in encouraging those in service to always put in their best for FCT Administration.

The ten honourees who retired from January to March, 2023 include Okeke Ifeoma Ebele, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat; Okonkwo Emmanuel Obi, Economic Planning Department; Danazumi Anthony Sarkin-Noma, Abuja Environmental Protection Board.

Others are Saka Isiaka Ahmed, Office of the Honorable Minister; Baffa Isa Muhammad, Abuja Environmental Protection Board; Sulaiman Mohammed Sulaiman, FCTA; Dr Iwere Ejemai Vincent, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat.

Usman Yahaya Musa, FCT Transportation Secretariat; Perpetua N. Ohammah, FCDA Resettlement & Compensation; and Elizabeth Ukamak Atang, Federal Capital Territory Pension Department.