The residents of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, have welcomed the recent decision by Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister Nyesom Wike to dismiss the heads of 21 government agencies, describing it as a welcome change. The announcement of their removal was made through Anthony Ogunleye, the Director of Press in Wike’s office, with immediate effect.
The list of those affected includes high-ranking officials from various agencies, such as the Group MD/CEO of Abuja Investment Company Ltd, CEO/MD of Abuja Markets Management Ltd, and MD/CEO of Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company, among others. They have been instructed to hand over their responsibilities to the most senior officers in rank, with new appointments expected in due course.
Umar Adamu, Convener of the Movement for the Survival of Indigenous Peoples, expressed satisfaction with the decision, attributing the underperformance of these officials to the previous minister, Mohammed Musa Bello, who appointed them. Adamu noted that except for a few agencies, most of them had failed to meet expectations, and their departure was viewed positively by residents. He called on Minister Wike to prioritize the inclusion of FCT natives or long-term residents in the new appointments.
Lekan Tijani, a shop owner in Kubwa, praised the minister’s action and cited issues with the FCT Water Board as an example. He mentioned unreliable water supply and irregular meter readings, which often resulted in inflated bills for residents. Tijani welcomed the removal of the agency’s leadership and hoped for improved services under new management.
The decision to remove these agency heads has garnered widespread support among Abuja residents, who see it as a step towards addressing inefficiencies and improving governance in the nation’s capital.