By Daniel Tyokua
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Bello on Wednesday admitted that adequate power supply is still a challenge in the nation’s capital.
He said this at the official handing over ceremony of the outgoing FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir. Christian Ohaa to the new one, Mr. Olusade Adesola.
Bello explained that there was the need to upgrade the power infrastructure through the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).
The minister commended the outgoing FCT Permanent Secretary for being hardworking, dedicated to duty, and urged him to support the FCT Administration to resolve the challenge of power.
His words: “I was pleased that your assignment is at the ministry of power. Because when you came in three years ago, one of the greatest challenges we were facing in the city was the issue of power, particularly lightening up the city at night; ensuring that the street light network and power for them are functional. And you could remember in those days, every newspaper is reporting Abuja is dark. But quietly we are getting over that situation.
“But, it is still a challenge, that is why as you move to your new assignment as our ambassador, any opportunity, or intervention in terms of upgrading the power infrastructure through TCN or ensuring that AEDC provides enough power to the FCT as the seat of government, or in ensuring that you are able to pursue our issue of eligible customer so that we can get dedicated power, a think you are in the position to be able to support the FCT, because you know the challenges and you have been part of the those resolving them.”
The new Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Sir, Christian Ohaa called on the directors to support the new Permanent Secretary, adding that he had to step on toes to achieve result.
Ohaa said: “However, from my experience, most capable hands within the civil service structure are here. Let me start by appreciating the Minister for his mentorship, tolerance and guidance to me within the three years I worked closely with him. My gratitude also goes to the Minister if State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, who of course, came in a year ago with her wealth of experience and deep sense of commitment to service of our country.
“I wish also that those whose expectations were not made should have a space in their heart to forgive my inadequacies. I plead with all of you to give the same support you gave me to the incoming Permanent Secretary. Let me appreciate especially, Dr. Kawu and his team, who worked tirelessly to fight COVID-19. I made friends and I know that my friends will be more than my enemies especially those that I have stepped in their toes. I will continue in the course of making this country a better place.”
The new FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola vowed to deliver on the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari, calling for support from all and sundry.
He pledged loyalty to the FCT ministers, assuring the all to be just and fair.
His words: “We all have one same goal and is to deliver on the mandate of his excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, , not only to Nigeria but to residents of Abuja in particular, this is the place to be, we must collectively work together to make the place great. I want to assure you of my unflinching support. I have one assignment here to facilitate your work.”