Senate backs appointment of FCT indigenes as ministers

The Senate has urged the executive to appoint a minister among indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory as ruled by a court.

The appeal court in Abuja had on January 15, 2018, ruled that indigenous inhabitants of the FCT are entitled to a ministerial representation in the Federal Executive Council as provided in Sections 147(3), 299, 14(3) and 42 of the 1999 constitution.

The call by the lawmakers was sequel to deliberation on a petition to the Senate over the exclusion of FCT indigenes in the recent ministerial appointments.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in July 2019, appointed 43 ministers with none of FCT origin.

Some FCT indigenes and the FCT senator, Philip Aduda, petitioned the Senate, seeking representation in the ministerial appointments.

Ayo Akinyelure, chairman of the…

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