BY NSEOBONG OKON-EKONG
A former presidential candidate and a major stakeholder in Nigeria’s energy sector, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, has commended the nomination of Zephaniah Bitrus Jisalo, an indigene of Abuja, as a minister.
A statement from his media office in Abuja said that Olawepo-Hashim over the weekend visited the ministerial nominee at his home in Abuja.
The former presidential candidate said, “I know Abuja people have always wanted this, now it has happened. It has taken almost a quarter of a century to come.”
He added that “those who are not from Abuja or the North Central Zone will not understand how significant this is. That is why many people have been trooping from the grassroots to congratulate the Honourable gentleman.”
Jisalo, born on April 3, 1970, is the first Federal Capital Territory native to be appointed Minister since 1999.
He is a politician, PR expert, administrator and currently represents Abuja Municipal/Bwari Constituency in the House of Representatives.