Aliyu Frowns at Senseless Recruitment by Council Chairmen

By: Wisdom Acka

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani-Aliyu had expressed displeasure over the attitude of some Council authorities for embarking on staff recruitment without corresponding value for revenue generation.

Aliyu said this, while presiding over the 166th Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) at the FCTA Secretariat, Area 11, Garki, Abuja.

The Minister of State said: “While it is the responsibility of government at all levels to provide jobs, I am also of the opinion that such exercise should be done in corresponding value of revenue generation within your councils.”

“It makes no sense to me, if we carry out recruitment that will become financial burden to all of us”, she emphasized.

While appealing to the six Area Council Chairmen to ensure that financial burden was not placed on the Councils, Aliyu reminded them that the era of politics are over, even as she tasked them to scale-up revenue generation to meeting up critical needs of rural communities in the Territory.  

The JAAC meeting thus, disbursed a total sum of N2,903,139,412.86 billion to the six Area Councils in the FCT and other stakeholders as its share of statutory allocation for the month of June 2022.

A Press Statement signed by Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of State, Austin Elemue, reveals that the sum of N622,223,249.20 million was made available for distribution to the six Area Councils, while the sum of N2,280,916,163.66 billion was made available to other stakeholders, bringing the total sum to N2,903,139,412.86 billion.  

Similarly, distributions to Area Councils show that the Abuja Municipal Area Council received N140,340,099.54 million, Gwagwalada got N90,790,068.65 million, while Kuje received N128,422,208.31 million.

Other Area Councils include, Bwari Area Council, which received N89,245,658.86 million, Abaji got N92,585,160.45 million and Kwali was given N80,840,053.39 million.

Furthermore, distribution to other critical stakeholders such as Primary School Teachers gulped N1,917,556,374.33 billion, 15 percent Pension Funds received N226,478,989.57 million, One percent Training Fund gulped N29,031,394.13 million, while 10 percent Employer Pension Contribution gulped N107,849,405.63 million.

Present at the 166th Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC), meeting include the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola; Secretary, Area Council Services, Hon. Ibrahim Abubakar Dantsoho; Director of Administration and Finance, FCT Area Council Services Secretariat, Mrs. Omolola Olanipekun and the Chairmen of the six Area Councils,  amongst others.