The Minister said this during the closing ceremony of the 3 day retreat for political appointees of the FCTA, in Abuja.
In the words of the Minister “Public office, requires tremendous amount of discipline and as political office holders, you will find that most of that discipline has to come from your inner self”
He admonished them to imbibe the ability to resist the pressures from relations and associates to compromise their integrity and flaunt public service rules especially, procurement processes and the acceptance of gifts.
He called on them to open gift registers to document all gifts offered, received and by whom in full compliance with the extant rules and regulations.
He also reminded them that they were liable in the eyes of the law for all their actions while in public office and commended the Permanent Secretary and other senior officials of the FCT for the well-organized retreat and participation by high profile and well qualified resource persons.
The Chief of Staff to the Minister, Malam Bashir Mai Bornu encouraged the political appointees to re –affirm their commitment to the FCT Administration and support the FCT Minister in the discharge of their responsibilities.
The retreat, Mr Adesola further revealed, took a close look at where the FCTA currently stood in delivering on those mandates and how the political appointees can be most effective in ensuring the FCTA meets its objectives in those regards.
He also said that the retreat met its goals as it has enabled the participants to further equip themselves for more efficient and effective service delivery and revealed that all presentations, discussions and resolutions will be available on a micro-site from which relevant officials of the administration can easily make references should the need arise.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr Shehu Hadi Ahmed said that the retreat had immensely benefitted his organisation, as presentations from resource persons had further built the capacity of government officials, leading to a better understanding of what to do in situations such as procurement in emergency situations, variations in contract execution amongst others.
The Director, Department of Human Resources Management of the FCTA, Dr Bashir Mohammed said that, the going forward, the Administration expects to see improved changes in the conduct and performance of officials.
The lead consultant to the retreat Prof Olusegun Olasope commended the FCT Administration for its efforts in building the capacity of its officials and expressed optimism that in the coming months positive changes should be expected from the officials in the discharge of their responsibilities.
The last day of the retreat also featured presentations from the Chief Imam of the Abuja National Mosque, Dr Mohammed Kabir and the Chairman of the FCT Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr Samson Jonah who both called on participants to always remember that they were ultimately accountable to God in the discharge of their duties.
The closing ceremony also featured the presentation of certificates to participants.
CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY