In a recent address to the press, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, did not mince words as he identified leadership as a substantial hurdle in Nigeria’s progress.
Wike’s comments came to light during a press conference, where he candidly discussed the nation’s challenges and the need for effective leadership.
While delving into specific issues faced in the FCT, Wike revealed a long-standing problem: a law that had been passed to establish a civil service commission for the territory remained unimplemented. This legal void had potentially serious ramifications for the administration and governance of the FCT.
He said: “One of the problems in this country is leadership, so many people don’t want to take action. There is no action that you take that everybody will be happy.
“In 2018, the National Assembly passed a bill into law which was assented to by the former Vice-President Osinbajo when he was acting as the president. [The law says] FCT should have a civil service commission. Everybody has been running away.
“Nobody wants to [implement it]. Nobody has the political will to implement it. Everybody is saying ‘it will reduce my power’. No. It is about the institution.
“The minister will come and go, so also the head of service will come and go. If the National Assembly passes a bill into law which is assented to by Mr President, what is wrong in implementing that law?”