Written by Austine ELEMUE

Resign now, Bello directs political appointees

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, has issued a strong directive to all political appointees seeking for elective positions in the forthcoming 2019 general elections to resign their position without delay. 

The directive, which was contained in a circular PS/FCTA/589, dated August 30, 2018, and obtained by our correspondent stated that the directive was with immediate effect. 

The circular which was personally signed by the FCT permanent secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, reads in parts: "You may wish to note that in compliance with the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, (as amended) and the Electoral Act 2010, (as amended), the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has issued the timetable and schedule of activities for the conduct of the 2019 general elections. 

"Consequently, the Honourable Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has directed political appointees and other employees in the Federal Capital Territory Administration who wish to seek elective positions to formerly resign from their current positions to enable them pursue their political ambitions. 

"Those affected are expected to handover all government property in their custody to the Permanent Secretary, upon the submission of their letters of resignation. 

"Finally, I wish to express the deep appreciation of the FCT Administration to the effected officers and to wish them success in their future endeavours." 

The Abuja Inquirer further gathered that those political appointees who may resign from office in line with ministerial directive include Education Mandate Secretary, Sen. Isah Maina, Social Development Secretary, Alhj. Ali Hassan, Health and Human Resource Secretary, Bar. Amada Pam and Transportation Secretary, Hon. Kayode Opeifa. 

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