North Central Consultative Assembly, NOCCA, has condemned the continuous exclusion of indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, from the list of ministerial nominees submitted to the Senate for screening by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The assembly said it had waited and watched in vain for the inclusion of a nominee from the FCT in the latest list of nominees forwarded to the Senate, adding that it was at pains to once again be so harshly reminded that the FCT would not be represented in the Federal Executive Council.
The assembly, which decried this deliberate neglect, appealed to President Buhari to reverse the situation, make the votes of FCT indigenes count by bringing about positive change in the way things were done in their favour.
NOCCA, whose membership cuts across the six north central states, described as gross injustice not only to indigenes of the FCT but the entire north central geo-political zone the continued denial of the voice of the FCT in the Federal Executive Council.
The assembly said the refusal of the president to nominate a candidate from the FCT was in breach of the constitutional provision that each state be represented in the cabinet.
“Whereas section 299 (a) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) grants the FCT a state status, sections 14 (3) and 147(3) of the same constitution provides for the indigenes of the FCT all the rights and privileges being enjoyed by other states including ministerial appointments into the Federal cabinet.
“Regrettably, subsequent administrations have continued to dent the FCT indigenes the right of being appointed into the federal executive cabinet,” the assembly said in a release signed by its director-general, Alhaji Alfa Miohammed.
It recalled that for years, not a single indigene had been appointed into the FEC, adding that it was not abuse of constitutional provision but a travesty of the tenets of democracy.
The assembly said since Nigeria practiced democracy that is accommodating, the FCT indigenes who had sacrificed the core of their livelihood to Nigeria, should in the least be made to benefit from whatever constitutional provisions are due them, including representation in the Federal Executive Council.
It recalled that previous administrations had made several promises in this regard but had always failed to keep to its words, and regretted that the change expected from the new administration appeared not to be extended to FCT indigenes.
Accordingly, the assembly plans to hold an emergency meeting with all the executives in the six states where resolution will formally be presented to its national assembly members as well as the respective governments within the geo-political zone.
Also, the position of the assembly will be formally presented to President Buhari by a high-powered delegation that will include governors, national assembly members and key opinion moulders in the region.

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