By Hassan Zaggi
The Federal Government has charged the Federal Character Commission (FCC) to sustain efforts at redressing the perceived imbalance and also reduce the fear of relative deprivation and marginalization in the country.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, gave the charge at the opening ceremony of a two- day workshop organized for Directors, Deputy directors and state Coordinators of the Federal Character Commission, in Keffi, Nasarawa State, yesterday.
The workshop was with the theme: ‘Toward galvanizing the mandate of the Federal Character Commission in achieving the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan’.
Represented by the Director, General Services in the office of the SGF, Alex Aguda, Boss Mustapha, charged the FCC to bring all its staff up to date on its mandate, especially, the aspect that deals with fair and equitable distribution of infrastructural facilities across all the geopolitical zones of the country.
He charged the FCC to galvanise all its resources in order to contribute its quota to the “government’s plan for reassessment and revaluation of the national economic framework, especially its vulnerabilities, the underlying structural weaknesses and governance challenges.
“The FCC like other agencies of government has great role to play in the full realization of the federal government’s vision of economic diversification.
“In this wise, we must all be abreast of the deficiencies in the nation’s previous economic policies, the infrastructural deficits, underdevelopment induced by corruption and mismanagement of public finances.”
Responding to questions from journalists, the Chairman of the FCC, Bar. Abayomi Sheba, noted that the workshop was aimed at bringing directors, deputy directors and state coordinators together to teach them about the second leg of the FCC’s mandate which is the fair and equitable distribution of infrastructure among the federating units.
“We have taken off with the second mandate and we are here principally to educate our staff-directors, deputy directors and state coordinators in this important mandate which is in tandem with the government’s Economic Recovery Growth and Plan.
“Training is key everything. The people that will drive the project must be well trained, that is why we are here. For almost 23 years, we have been on the first mandate which is on recruitment but this time around infrastructure is also key to national growth and development.
“So, to record success like what we have in the first mandate, we need to train our work force, that is why we are here and we are hoping that we will also record success.
“One beautiful thing about the Federal Character Commission is that we are spread in all the 36 states and the FCT.
“We have people that we can sent to the interior places to go and see some of these things for themselves. We believe that we are going to make meaningful impact.”
Speaking, the Director, State Plenary Affairs department, Mrs. Ndidi Ezechukwu, applauded the chairman and secretary of the commission for giving approval to the proposal for the training.
She, therefore, charged the participants to pay keen attention to the papers that will be delivered by the experts for the growth of the Commission.