Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, has highlighted leadership as a key challenge facing Nigeria. Wike made this observation while pointing out that although a law establishing a civil service commission for the FCT had been passed, it had not been put into effect.
The minister mentioned that he brought this legislation to the attention of Tinubu, who approved its initiation. During a press conference on Friday, Wike praised Tinubu’s political determination and capacity, which led to his willingness to collaborate with the current administration.
Wike emphasized that one of the issues plaguing the country is leadership, as many individuals are reluctant to take action, fearing that not everyone will be pleased with the outcomes. He recounted how in 2018, the National Assembly passed a bill that was subsequently signed into law by then-Acting President Osinbajo. This law mandated the establishment of a civil service commission for the FCT, but its implementation had been evaded by many.
Wike lamented that there seemed to be a lack of political will to put this law into action, with some fearing a reduction in their power. He stressed that the focus should be on strengthening the institution rather than personal interests, as ministers and heads of service come and go. Wike questioned why there was resistance to implementing a law passed by the National Assembly and signed by the President, asserting that it was a matter of principle.