Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Hon. Zephaniah Jisalo, who is the first Abuja indigene to be appointed minister, on Monday assumed office immediately after his swearing-in by President Bola Tinubu.
Jisalo, who was received by the management and members of staff of the ministry, pledged partnership with private sectors to fulfill one of the ministry’s mandates.
The minister, described his appointment as significant, being the first ever minister of Abuja extraction to be appointed in 24 years, adding that his appointment was tasking considering the ministry’s mandates.
He assured the management and staff of his cooperation with them to deliver on his duties according to the ministry’s rules and mandates.
“I thank all the directors and the staff who have come here today to welcome me.
“I think I am a man of the moment as FCT ever got this kind of appointment, it is a welcome development to all residents of the FCT and the indigenous people of the FCT,” he said.
Jisalo served as the Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council for first tenure of four years in 2004 and re-elected in 2007.
In 2011, Hon Jisalo was elected into the Federal House of Representatives to represent Abuja Municipal/Bwari Constituency.
During this period he served in various House Committees including Sports, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Defense, Customs & Excise, Appropriations, and National Security & Security.
Jisalo said he would use his wealth of experience to implement government policies as mandated by the ministry.
“You know I am a legislature, I have learnt how to implement projects, government policies, so we will work together to achieve our mandates.”
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs Ibiene Roberts, said the management and members of staff of the ministry were glad to receive Jisalo as their new minister.
Roberts said the ministry had consistently since it creation thrived on the collaborative efforts of dedicated officers, each contributed in their unique talents to ensure the ministry had fulfill its mandates.
“As we embark on this new chapter under your guidance, we are reminded of the power of fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and a renewed sense of purpose.
“The management and staff of the ministry and agencies under it pledge their unalloyed loyalty and look forward to working closely with you towards actualising our mandates and aspirations.
” Your wealth of experience will certainly guide us aright on this exciting journey.
“Minister, we are confident that your leadership will inspire us to reach new heights, exceed our expectations, and continue our trajectory of growth and success, ” she said.