Probe Me, I’ve Nothing To Hide – FCT Minister Dares Incoming APC Administration

Bala MohammedThe Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, on Wednesday dared the incoming All Progressives Congress administration to probe his tenure as he had nothing to hide.

He said having being in the saddle for five years, he was armed with documents and records to account for his actions in office.

The minister made this position known while speaking with State House correspondents inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mr. Mohammed was reaching to statements credited to the All Progressives Congress that he was embarking on last-minute award of projects and recruitment despite the fact the government he is serving has less than a month before handing over.

He said, “We are not afraid of being asked to account for our actions, because we are accountable.

“For someone, who has stayed in FCT for five years, definitely I must be accountable for all my actions, and I am ready with all the records and documents that we have with all modesty to justify my actions while I superintended over the place”.

The minister said the APC was wrong to accuse him of panic recruitment when indeed the exercise was approved by the board of the FCDA.

He explained that all laid down procedures for recruitment were complied with in recruiting the workers.

Mohammed said the incoming government was however at liberty to sack the workers if it found out any irregularities with how they were employed after taking over on May 29.

He added, “The fact that we have lost election does not mean we should just abandon something at the point of conclusion.

“Of course, we will make sure that we are accountable for anything that we have done, and we are in compliance with the federal character principle and the template established.

“Certainly, we have learnt from other MDAs, where we have stampeded some Nigerians because of the test we have carried out under due diligence.

“This time around we want to ensure that we comply with all the requirements for due process in order to employ, we have not concluded them and I hope to conclude before we go”.

Mohammed also argued that there was nothing shady about the contract for the installation of new traffic lights in some areas of the nation’s capital, wondering why issues should be raised on it.

The minister clarified that while the project was donated by Chinese government involving the National Planning Commission, the execution of the contract was not a hasty or last minute contract award or hurried execution of abandoned project being alleged.

He insisted that his administration had remained prudent, adding that President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration had done extremely well for the development of the country.

Mohammed, therefore, urged the incoming government to maintain the traffic light project, as it was a good project that should be sustained.

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