Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has given marching order to the new Chairman and Executive Committee members of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), FCT Council, on vandalisation by hoodlums, of critical public infrastructure.
The minister, who received the new leaders in audience today, January 25, asked them to join in the fight against the vandals by reporting the activities of the criminals to the relevant authorities and encourage other members of the public to do the same.
He said that the Administration had expended huge financial resources to improve the security of the city through the provision of streetlights and other city infrastructure but that the activities of vandals have continued to mitigate its efforts.
Muhammad Musa Bello also charged the new executives to always prioritise members welfare, especially issues relating to pension, saying that each of them would eventually become pensioners upon retirement.
He pledged the Administration’s support for the trade union, even as he acknowledged the invaluable services that members of the TUC have been providing to Nigerians.
He said that it is through collaborative efforts and partnership with the trade unions and other organisations that the FCTA is able to achieve its mandate of providing excellent services to residents.
“If for any reason public servants fail in their delivery of public service across board, the nation suffers. That is why it is very important for any government to appreciate the leaders of the public service sector. Which is what we have been doing here in the FCT and I assure you that with this new team we will continue with that.
“Because it is only through these collaborative engagements that we are able to achieve our respective mandate. And what are our mandates but to provide good governance and good services to the Nigerian people. That is it. And I think our objectives are the same”.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation and past chairman of the TUC, FCT Council, Comrade Amodu, Olayinka Isiaka, commended the Minister for the great strides he had made in infrastructural development of the FCT, describing him as a silent achiever.
This was even as the new Chairman, Comrade Audu Paul Akogwu, sought for areas of possible collaboration with the FCTA and the union.