The new Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nigeria, Nyesom Wike, has tasked directors and heads of parastatals and agencies of the administration to either work hard and meet the demands of the people or step aside for capable hands.
Wike gave the warning on his second day in office, while receiving a handover note from the Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola.
The minister assured of providing the needed resources to enable the staff perform their jobs, but warned that it is no longer business as usual.
He specifically tasked directors in charge of city sanitation and other essential services to improve their performance, warning that the lighting must be fixed at no distant time.
Wike also admitted that times are hard, but said that this is not a license to tolerate and accommodate indiscriminate waste disposal and poor sanitary environment in Abuja.
The minister’s warning has been welcomed by residents of the FCT, who have long complained about the poor state of sanitation and other essential services in the city.
The Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola, has assured the minister of the workers’ support and cooperation needed to reposition the FCT as one of the best in the world.
The minister’s appointment is seen as a major shake-up in the FCT administration, and it remains to be seen whether he will be able to deliver on his promises.