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Mahmoud calls for investment in Intellectual Development, growth of FCT

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By Joyce Remi-Babayeju

The Federal Capital Territory Minister of State, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, has called for investment in the intellectual development of staff of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, for enhancement of the growth and development of the territory.

Mahmoud made this call on Monday at the maiden edition of the FCTA book exhibition organized by the Department of Reform Coordination and Service Improvement (RC&SI).

The minister identified books as windows to the world, offering insights, knowledge, and perspectives that transcend boundaries and time, adding that the importance of continuous learning cannot be overstated.

The permanent secretary, Social Development Secretariat, Hajia Asma’u Mukhtar, who represented the minister of state called on staff to equip themselves with the necessary tools and knowledge to navigate the complex challenges of the present situation and to enhance the value proposition to provide the needed services to the FCT residents.

“This book exhibition serves as a testament to our commitment to fostering a culture of learning and growth within our administrative framework.’

“It is a reflection of our belief that investing in the intellectual development of our staff is not just a noble endeavor but a strategic imperative.”

“The diverse array of books on display covers a wide spectrum of subjects ranging from public administration and governance to urban planning, sustainability, economics, and beyond.”

“Each volume holds within its pages the potential to inspire, educate, and empower us to become better leaders, decision-makers, and agents of positive change,” she noted.

Speaking in collaboration, the FCT Head of Service, Dr. Samuel Attang, said books have always been a cornerstone of knowledge and wisdom, and their role in shaping minds and societies is unparalleled.

Atang who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Women Affairs, Mr. Adetoyi Rabiu Kolawale, said the theme of the exhibition; “Enhancing Intellectual Capacity for Effective Service Delivery” underscores the critical link between knowledge and performance.

He stated, “As public servants, educators, and community leaders, we understand that the quality of our service delivery is directly proportional to the depth of our understanding and the breadth of our skills.”

“Intellectual capacity is not merely about acquiring information; it is about nurturing the ability to think critically, solve problems creatively, and make informed decisions that benefit our communities.”

He used the occasion to applaud the good leadership of the Minister of FCT, Barrister Nyesom Wike, and the Minister of State, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud for their developmental stride to make FCT a heaven on for residents.

Earlier, the Ag. Director of Reform Coordination and Service Improvements, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, stressed that the exhibition was to enhance the professional capabilities of civil servants in line with the 6th Pillar of the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan 2021-2025 (FCSSIP25).

Ahmadu emphasized that by investing in intellectual development, civil servants would not only enrich themselves, but also enhance their value proposition as individuals and as an organization.

She said; “By embracing lifelong learning, we equip ourselves with the tools necessary to navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead.”

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