Senator Ireti Kingibe, who represents the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has cautioned Nyesom Wike, the FCT’s coordinating minister, against going beyond his authority without consulting the national assembly.
As the House Assembly performs for the state government, Kingibe argued that the National Assembly would perform legislative tasks for the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
The senator made the remark while criticising the minister over the recent swearing-in of eight FCTA mandate secretaries. She argued that several of the mandate secretaries were indigenes of the FCT and that Wike lacked the authority to name and inaugurate them.
She said that as the House of Assembly was to the state governments, so was the FCTA to the national assembly.
While addressing her constituency, the senator said, “The minister does not have executive powers. He works hand-in-hand with the National Assembly and the president to administer FCT.”
The senator reminded her constituency that she was answerable to the people, but Wike was not because she was elected and President Bola Tinubu appointed Wike.
She was enthusiastic about working with Wike, the Immediate past governor of Rivers State.
Her statement reads in part: “You must remember that the minister and I have different goals. I was elected by the people; I’m answerable to you, the people of the FC; he is not. But working together, I hope we can merge our interests.”
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