By Alex Okoro
OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed for second reading a Bill for an Act seeking that ministers be appointed from Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Sponsor of the Bill, Mr. Zephaniah Jisalo (PDP-FCT) while presenting the bill said there is need to amend section 147 (3) of 1999 constitution (As amended).
Contributing, House Minority Leader, Leo Ogor (PDP-Delta) described the demand as apt and in order.
He said that if FCT maintained the status of a state in the country, “then the people ought to gain from the benefits due to a state”.
Also Edwin Pwajok (PDP-Plateau) said that appointing minister from the FCT would give the indigenes of the city a sense of belonging.
He argued that if slots were given to the indigenes of FCT in the legislature, same should be extended to the executive arm.
“It will only be fair that this bill is supported to scale through in order to ensure that the people of FCT are given a fair share in ministerial appointments,” Pwajok said.
Similarly, a Bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Federal Capital Territory University of Science and Technology, Abaji also passed the second reading in the House.
Jisalo who also sponsored the bill said that the establishment of the institution was necessary to provide qualitative education for the increasing population in the city.
Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara refered the bill to the Committee on FCT for further legislative inputs.