Travails Of Truth: The Case Of FCT Water Board (OPINION)

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FCT Water Board

By; COMRADE HALILU MAGAJI


Just like in any other time, we are always at liberty to make our own choices, sometimes based on our personal or collective conviction; after all, they say – it is a free world. Nevertheless, the choices we make have consequences and these consequences might have impact on us or on our society positively or otherwise.

Before the decision was made to appoint Engr. Aliyu Ahmed Nahuche as the General Manager of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Water Board, residents of the Federal Capital Territory experienced irregular, and to a certain extent unhygienic water supply in homes, offices and public places. 

From the period he became the General Manager, the Water Board witnessed a glaring and positive turnaround occasioning serious positive impact on its consumers whose happiness of getting steady and clean water supplied to their homes and offices has led to outpouring of testimonies and praises of this current leadership.

For Engr. Nahuche, a thorough bred professional in Urban Water and a United Kingdom trained Engineer, focused and goal oriented, an achiever that dared to do where others dread, his choice to bring and influence turnaround of the fortunes of FCT Water Board appears to be his undoing.

In fact, we the Integrity Group members of Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTURE), where the FCT Water Board is also a member are not left out of those extolling the virtues and outstanding achievements of Engr. Nahuce whose leadership acumen and excellent skills in resource management and prudency has endeared him to the entire water consumers of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

But the gentleman’s choice to distinguish himself by providing excellent leadership became repulsive and repugnant to some few persons imbedded in them a DNA that is only endeared to failure and corrupt personal aggrandisement of the resources meant for the good and well-being of the citizenry and in the instant case, residents of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. 

Despite the remarkable turnaround of the fortunes of FCT Water Board which is evident to all eyes, and as lawyers say “ipso liquitor” (the thing speaks for itself), the FCT Chairman of AUPCTURE, Aliyu Maradun, self-style antagonist hell-bent to ensure that the general manager vacates his seat, exits the board and be slandered for sins he did not commit and knows nothing about. In fact, for imaginary sins that exist only in their vain imaginations and minds; just because of applauds he receives  when delivering excellent services, thriving where others have failed, and also being  a stumbling block to their ill-conceived plans to corruptly enrich themselves for the  purpose of funding Aliyu Maradun’s Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Presidential ambition.

 They say he who comes to equity comes with clean hands – contrariwise, Aliyu Maradun the Union Leader, who is currently under investigation by one of the country’s leading anti-corruption agency on multiple and separate embezzlement cases as Chairman of AUPCTURE and as an employee of FCT Water Board; awaiting prosecution has no moral right to accuse the General Manager of any malfeasance. 

We sincerely advice such persons not to allow themselves be used in running down a genuine cause under the leadership and management of the current General Manager; rather join hands in effecting positive turnarounds of the fortunes of FCT Water Board just like other numerous staff of the board and residents of the FCT are appreciating the excellent services they are receiving from the Water Board.We are the choices we make!

Magaji is the Protem Chairman, The Integrity Group, AUPCTURE FCT Chapter

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