Senator Ireti Kingibe, a member of the Labour Party (LP), expressed her appreciation to President Bola Tinubu for nominating Zephaniah Jisalo, an indigene of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as a minister. This marks the first time since 1999, under the present democratic dispensation, that an FCT indigene has been nominated for such a position.
“I would like to, first of all, congratulate my nominee and all of the FCT for this nomination. We are all extremely happy and proud,” she said during the ministerial screening in Abuja on Friday.
“We would like to thank the president and the vice president for actually making this a reality, something that we have been wishing and hoping for a very long time.”
During the ministerial screening in Abuja on Friday, Senator Kingibe extended her congratulations to Jisalo and the entire FCT community for this historic nomination. She commended President Tinubu and Vice President for fulfilling the long-awaited desire of the FCT people.
Senator Kingibe described Jisalo as a “highly recommended” candidate, emphasizing her personal familiarity with him from his time as a local government chairman and two terms in the House of Representatives. She urged her colleagues to allow Jisalo, a former member of the House of Representatives, to take a bow as a mark of respect and endorsement.
The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, sought the opinion of the lawmakers, who unanimously agreed to allow Jisalo to take a bow. Born on April 3, 1970, Jisalo represented the Abuja Municipal/Bwari Constituency and also served as the chairman of the Abuja Municipal Council Area (AMAC). His nomination is celebrated as a significant milestone for the FCT community.