Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has urged the public to refrain from placing congratulatory billboards in his honour as minister.
He expressed the outcry in a statement on Sunday over such adverts congratulating him on his appointment as minister, including full scale and lamp post billboards conspicuously placed in some parts of Abuja.
The statement signed by the Director Press, Office of the FCT Minister, Anthony Ogunleye, said that while the minister deeply appreciates the warm wishes and support of the citizens, he kindly, but strongly, requests that such billboards and advertisements be discontinued forthwith.
“The Hon. Minister acknowledges the overwhelming outpouring of goodwill from the residents of the Federal Capital Territory and beyond and understands the sentiment behind these congratulatory displays and is genuinely touched by the show of support.
“However, in the spirit of public service and commitment to his responsibilities, the Minister wishes to focus his full attention on assisting the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR, in realizing his vision and Renewed Hope agenda for Nigeria,” Ogunleye said.
The statement added that as the FCT Minister, Wike’s foremost duty lies in contributing to the development and growth of the FCT and the well-being of its residents and the nation as a whole.
Ogunleye said the minister holds in high regard, the aspirations and expectations of the FCT residents and he remains dedicated to fulfilling his role with utmost sincerity and dedication.
“He believes that this can be best achieved by concentrating all efforts on the task at hand and joining hands with fellow public servants to serve the country to the best of their abilities.
“Chief E.N Wike sincerely hopes that the public will understand his perspective and continue to extend their support and cooperation,” he said.
The statement added that Wike looks forward to working hand in hand with all stakeholders to build a stronger, more prosperous and united FCT and Nigeria.