Mr. Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), expressed his commitment to prioritize the development of satellite towns within the FCT Administration.
Wike made this announcement during the inauguration of Mandate Secretaries for the FCT Administration in Abuja on a Tuesday.
Emphasizing the importance of spreading prosperity and well-being throughout the region, he stressed that progress and development should extend to all areas within the FCT, not just the city center.
The Mandate Secretaries inaugurated are Mr Bitrus Garki, Secretary of the Area Council Services Secretariat; Mr Lawan Geidam, Secretary, the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat; and Mr Danlami Ihayyo, Secretary of the Education Secretariat.
Others are Adedolapo Fasawe, Secretary of Health and Environment Services Secretariat, Mr Salman Dako, Secretary of Legal Services Secretariat; Mr Chinedum Elechi, Secretary of Economic Planning, Revenue Generation and Public Private Partnership.
Mr Uboku Nyah was also inaugurated as Secretary of the Transportation Secretariat.
Wike stressed the need for them to address issues affecting the delivery of services in FCT Administration, particularly the procurement process.
He said, “Transparency, efficiency, and accountability must become the cornerstones of our administration.
“As mandated secretaries, your role in this journey of transformation is pivotal. You are not only advisors but also leaders and implementers of our policies.
“You have a duty to translate our vision into tangible actions that will shape the future of the FCT.
“Our President has entrusted us with the monumental task of rebuilding and developing the FCT into a world-class city.
“To achieve this, we must address several key areas that are essential for the progress of our city and the well-being of our residents.
He added that part of the mission includes the enhancement of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), through innovative ways to raise the needed funds to support the development agenda.
This, according to him, is crucial to financing ambitious projects and initiatives.
The minister identified public transportation as a major challenge that must be addressed comprehensively.
According to him, no modern city can function effectively and efficiently without a reliable and comprehensive public transportation system.