Minister of the FCT Mohammed Bello and that of women affairs and social development Pauline Tallen will on Saturday, January 8 clock 63.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in a joint congratulatory message issued by his spokesman Garba Shehu on Friday, saluted both members of the cabinet whose birthdays fell on the same day.
Buhari rejoiced with the FCT minister, a former banker and administrator, on many notable achievements, particularly in repositioning the capital city.
The president noted his efforts at reforms, ensuring compliance and more decency in land allocations, spurred and sustained by integrity.
He congratulated the minister for providing visionary leadership for the city that hosts the seat of government, diplomatic missions, multilateral institutions, headquarters of businesses and hospitality homes.
He affirmed that Bello’s unassuming personality, cordiality and sincerity had continued to win friends for the administration and the country.
He noted that the minister had provided a level playing ground for indigenes and settlers in the development of the FCT.
President Buhari also lauded the minister for making FCT one of the most attractive places for business and leisure.
For Tallen, Buhari extolled her courage, forthrightness and vision in “driving affirmation of women in governance, education of children and more attention on the girl-child.”
The president also highlighted her “notable scores as first female deputy governor in the northern part of the country and as minister of state, science and technology.”
He congratulated her for her steadfastness and commitment to the betterment of the nation, with over 45 years in politics.
Tallen rose from the position of a clerical officer at Shendam Local Government Council in Plateau in 1976 to becoming a commissioner and governorship candidate in Plateau.
The president also prayed for the well-being of the ministers.