Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has commended members of Original Inhabitants Youth Empowerment Organization for their pledge to ensure the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming elections.
Malam Bello made the declaration when he received the youth organization during a solidarity visit on him in his office last week.
The Minister recalled the state of affairs in the country when the present administration came to office and stressed that the work of rebuilding and restoring the fortunes of the nation could not have been possible just within three and half years.
Bello underscored the need to give President Buhari another four years to consolidate on the remarkable achievements recorded so far and to take Nigeria to the next level.
The Minister also noted that it would be very pertinent to elect those who would work with the President in order to ensure that the dividends of democracy cascade down through the various tiers of government as well as the Senate and House of Representatives.
On the efforts made to clear arrears of severance benefits owed former councilors and political assistants by successive administrations, the Minister stated that he was merely implementing the directive of the President who always identifies with the plight of the common man and is an advocate for justice and the rule of law.
His words: “You would recall that the party we took over from was not APC, and definitely those who benefitted from the payments were not APC members, but we had to pay because it was at the root of humanity that anyone who works is entitled to the fruits of his labour.”
The Minister expressed surprise that some of the officials were still being owed and pledged to do something about it.
Earlier in his remarks, the president-general of the youth organization, Commander Isaac David, stated that the visit was to show appreciation to the Minister for the significant progress made in the Territory during his first term and for breaking what he described as the tradition of leaving former political office holders in lack as a result of non-payment of their severance packages.
His words: “But since this administration came to power, Honourable Minister, you have worked to reverse the trend by ensuring that all former councilors and political office holders are paid their severance packages.”
Also speaking at the meeting, a consultant, Mr. Chijioke Nwandikom underscored the preparedness of the group to work with the youth to ensure massive success for President Buhari at the polls.
He noted that the FECPA is a formidable organization which is ready to partner with FCT Administration towards ensuring peace and development in the FCT.