Zephaniah Jisalo: 5 Interesting Facts About First FCT Native to Become Minister

Aug 13, 2023 | Uncategorized

FCT, Abuja – Honourable Zephaniah Jisalo made history as the first indigene of Abuja to be nominated and confirmed as a minister by the Nigerian Senate.

Jisalo was among the 45 ministerial nominees of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu that the Senate confirmed after the screening.

Zephaniah Jisalo is the first FCT Native to Become Minister/Zephaniah Bitrus Jisalo
Zephaniah Jisalo is the first FCT indigene to become a minister
Photo Credit: Zephaniah Bitrus Jisalo
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As reported by the Guardian, here are five interesting things to know about the first indigenous minister from Abuja:

Date of Birth

Hon. Jisalo was born on April 3, 1970.

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Jisalo had his primary education at Garki Primary School, Abuja and proceeded to Government Secondary School, Karu, Abuja, where he obtained a General Certificate of Examination (GCE) and West African Senior Certificate (WASC).

He studied Education at the University of Jos, Plateau State, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree.

Federal lawmaker

Before his ministerial nomination, Jisalo was representing Abuja Municipal/Bwari Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Abuja.

First FCT minister

He is the first Federal Capital Territory (FCT) native to be appointed Minister since 1999.

Public Relations Expert

He is a Public Relations expert and administrator.

He acquired the skills at the Institute of Mass Communication and Technology where he earned a Diploma in Public Relations.

At the Thames Valley University in London, UK, he studied Government Policies, Planning and Implementation.

“Baba Tinubu, It Is Our Turn To Be FCT Minister”, Abuja Indigenes Groan

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the indigenes of Abuja have begun to raise a campaign for the ministerial seat of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to be ceded to them instead of bringing an outsider to administrate over them.

Since the position’s inception in 1976, the indigenes of Abuja are yet to hold the post that has since been rotated among 16 civil servants from the southwest, northeast, northwest, and northcentral.

Ministerial List: Tinubu Hailed for Nominating First Ever Abuja Indigene in History

Former presidential candidate Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim has lauded President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for nominating Hon Zephaniah Bitrus Jisalo into the second batch of his ministerial list.

Olawepo-Hashim described the move by President Tinunu as a demonstration of his commitment to national integration.

Jisalo, an indigene of Abuja, becomes the first-ever indigenous ministerial nominee from the nation’s capital in the history of Nigeria.

Source: Legit.ng

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