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Of Area Council leadership and service delivery

Jul, 2021 | By Stella Ojeme | ||

As the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council elections draw nearer, it is pertinent to remind all major players, particularly political parties and their candidates that electioneering and holding of public office are purely about good governance and service to the people. Again, elected officers in FCT should be ready to provide efficient service delivery that would fast-track the development of Area Councils which, at the moment, many residents are not satisfied with.

It would be recalled that the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello had on several occasions reminded the council chairmen of the need to deliver on their campaign promises, faulting them on rural developmental issues and demanding that they do much more for the people. The Minister had also identified clear abdication of duty by the elected leaders warning them to wake up to their responsibilities at improving services in the areas of primary healthcare, basic education, sanitation, infrastructural development, environmental cleaning among others.

This clarion call by the Minister is in every aspect timely and reasonable to satisfy the yearnings and aspirations of FCT residents, especially grassroots dwellers. There is no gainsaying the fact that the governments of the Area Councils are nearest to the people and should directly impact the lives of the rural populace. Therefore, effective service delivery in Area Councils through the provision of basic services and amenities will largely improve living standards.

Such will yield even development, economic advancement, curtail rural-urban migration, improve the nation's image and ultimately give Nigerians the Abuja of their dreams as well as institute sanity in the polity. The FCT Administration, on its part, has consistently facilitated the efforts of the leadership of the third tier through timely disbursement of monthly allocations without any form of interference.

There have also been several interventions in the areas of infrastructural provision, sanitation, health, primary healthcare, basic education, poverty alleviation and maintenance of peace and order to augment the activities of the Area Councils, and to bring sanity, ensure development that affect the lives of residents. So, it is expected that elected leaders should without any reservation answer the call to duty as bestowed on them by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). The people give the mandate to serve and this sacred trust should be appreciated with good governance and effective accomplishments.

It is also expected of them to further reciprocate the people's trust and FCTA continued support by living up to their duties. Let it be written here that their obligation as elected officials is a call to serve God and humanity; therefore, absolute devotion and commitment is required of them. We at Abuja Digest Weekly therefore enjoin leaders to ensure that judicious use of monies allocated for development is realized. All forms of wastage and frivolities should be jettisoned. Elected leaders should indulge in proper channeling of public funds and astute management for the general good.

We also urge them to look inwards and find ways to improve on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), albeit, without over-burdening residents. This will arm them with adequate funds to execute their campaign promises. Rural dwellers in Nigeria are mostly at the receiving end of developmental retrogression experienced in the country due to poor local government leadership. But leaders in FCT can upturn the trend and become pacesetters in Nigeria through visionary and committed leadership. It is advisable that they heed the FCT Minister's charge by putting the people's interest first and perform according to expectations. This will ensure that FCT mission at creation is achieved and so put it truly on the map of development as the first in Nigeria and the fastest developing capital city in Africa.

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