The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike has claimed that Nigeria’s major problem is the attitude of those in positions of power and not the institutions.
The minister said this while addressing thousands of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) workers who besieged his office to express delight and appreciation to him and President Bola Tinubu on the creation of FCT Civil Service Commission and other reforms.
Wike said: “The problem in this country is about us, those of us in power, not about institutions. If we allow this, my power will be reduced, and that is what you have seen all this while. Nobody talks about the welfare of others, the growth of others.
“Who will be happy in life if he cannot attain the highest peak of his or her career? If I was a judge, I would want to reach the Supreme Court. If I was a civil servant, I would want to reach the Permanent Secretary level.
“I’m sure that all of you have lost hope. I told Mr. President: you said it is the Renewed Hope Agenda. These people (FCTA workers) have lost hope; renewed their hope. Tell them that everything’s not lost. The only way you can assure them is by making them grow to the apex of their career.
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“And Mr. President said: ‘I’m not aware of this. Now that I am aware, I will bring back the hope of the civil servants of the FCT. He immediately approved that we should implement the 2018 law, as passed by the National Assembly.
“Let me tell you: from now till next week, I will implement it, because if I can grow in my career to this level…
“He assured and wondered: ‘Why should we be a hindrance to other people’s growth?’”
The minister said he would convey the workers’ appreciation to the President.
He said the President frowned at seeing uncompleted projects across the territory.