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FCT Minister tasks Area Council Chairmen on delivering service

7th Oct, 2019 | By Wisdom Acka | ||

It was time for some home truths last week as Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello read the riot act to Area Council Chairmen in the nation's capital. Reminding them to deliver on the promises they made to the electorate because time for politicking was over, the Minister faulted the Chairmen on rural development issues and demanded that they do much more for the people.

Malam Bello gave the admonition in a strongly worded address when a delegation of elected officials of the FCT, led by Senator Phillip Aduda, paid him a courtesy visit, last week. The Minister who hinted at clear abdication of duty by the elected chairmen, warned them to wake up to their responsibilities and deliver in the areas of primary healthcare, basic sanitation, environmental cleaning, infrastructure provision and primary education among others. Bello said: "Put on your jeans, mobilize the youth and work. Clean up your environment. Why should traders leave the market and be on the road instead of going to trade in the market? You don't need all the many cars in your convoys; just two or three are enough. Time for politicking is over. This is time to work."

Reminding them of their duties, he said: "The level of responsibility bestowed on you as elected representatives of the people is enormous and in terms of resource allocations, it is only in the FCT that nobody touches your resources. "Allocations are made as at when due as approved by law. So, no Area Council Chairman can complain of being hindered from doing his job." Also pointing out that the election of councilors was neither influenced nor controlled by FCTA, Bello tasked them to look inward and generate revenue for the councils. Urging them to build cooperation and synergy with relevant Secretariats, Departments and Agencies (SDAs) of FCTA to achieve the desired development in satellite towns, Bello reminded them that they were also board members of FCTA agencies such as Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) and Secondary Education Board (SEB), among others.

He also asked them to show interest and pay particular attention to what goes on in those agencies so that they could deliver to the people the dividends of democracy. "Take the law establishing the Abuja Environmental Protection Board for instance, the law setting it up has every council chairman as a member," he stated. The Minister decried a situation where many locations in the Area Councils were not being properly environmentally sanitized, even as he further elaborated that no matter how hard FCTA worked, if there was no commensurate level of work at the Area Council level, the populace might not see any improvement in services being rendered.

Describing as an eyesore and embarrassment the median of the market road in Gwagwalada, roadside of the Dutsen-Alhaji market, entrance to the cemeteries in Karu and the grass on the median along the train station in Bwari, the Minister therefore urged them to make satellite towns centres of excellence. Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation, Senator Philip Aduda commended the Minister on his achievements during his first tenure in office and pledged the cooperation and support of all the elected officials of the FCT.

In her remarks, Minister of State FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, called for cooperation and synergy between the elected officials and FCTA and pledged to work hard to ensure that FCT residents received the full dividends of democracy. In their response, the Area Council Chairmen promised to change and pledged their support and cooperation to the FCT Administration to ensure development. Members of the delegation also included members of the House of Representatives representing FCT.

News Update

The Minister said these after a meeting of the FCT Security Committee which comprises heads of the police, military and para-military formations in FCT as well as Area Council Chairmen and religious leaders.

The cheery news is coming as Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu will headline a distinguished galaxy of stakeholders for the FCT pension stakeholders retreat this week.

Finally last week, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) took over managing and operating the newly- completed Nigeria-Korea Model School in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his Administration will continue to fashion policies designed to ensure employment and security of all citizens, especially the youth.

Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has decried the lynching of three suspected traffic robbers popularly known as 'One chance' in Dutsen Alhaji area of Abuja last week.

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) always makes public the allocations in line with President Muhammadu Buhari's Change Agenda which harps on transparency, anti-corruption and accountability, tenets which FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has made his beacon.


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