By Stanley Onyekwere
The new Director, Department of Information and Communication, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Malam Muhammad Hazat Sule has pledged continued loyalty to the Administration and more publicity of its activities and programmes to the people.
Sule made this assertion shortly after taken over the leadership of the department from Mrs. Stella Ojeme on Monday in the department’s annex office in Apo, Abuja. Mrs. Ojeme who was born on 8th May, 1962, had, a day earlier, reached mandatory retirement age of 60 years.
He said: “The Department of Information and Communication under my leadership will be fully loyal to the leadership of the FCT Administration under the Honourable Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello; the Honourable Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, and the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola.
“By that, we shall strive to communicate adequately the ideas, policies, visions and programmes of the Federal Government as well as the FCT Administration to the members of the public efficiently”.
Extolling the virtues of his predecessor, Muhammad noted that Mrs Ojeme was a thorough professional and a stickler to the rules who was “very patient and dedicated to duties”, adding that her long service to the FCT and Nigeria would never be forgotten.
“Her contributions to the evolution of the Department will remain indelible because of the leading role she played in the establishment of Information & Communication Department of the Federal Capital Territory Administration from a Division.
“The younger staff here present, may not be aware of the relentless efforts and struggle for the creation of the Department from a Division. Some of you who are new, I want to tell you that Mrs. Ojeme will remain a cherished resource for the Department due to her impeccable role”.
He appealed to Mrs. Ojeme to always avail the department her wealth of experience whenever the need arose and urged all information officers to unite; cooperate and support the new management to surmount any challenges confronting the department.
On her part, Mrs. Ojeme, expressed sincere appreciation to the FCTA for giving her the opportunity to contribute her quota to the development of the nation’s capital and Nigeria.
She also thanked staff of the department for their support and called on the entire FCTA staff to make hardwork, professionalism, collaboration, loyalty and patience their cardinal attributes, assuring them that with such, they would always grow to the pinnacle of their career.
She therefore pledged to continue to make her wealth of experience available whenever needed.