By: Anozie Bibian, Akuta Shedrack & Gloria Okwori
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), is committed to strengthening the FCT Traditional Institutions to ensure acceleration of meaningful development in all the nooks and crannies of Territory.
The Secretary, FCT Area Councils Services Secretariat (ACSS), Bitrus Lawrence Garki, gave this assurance during a tour of the 17 Chiefdoms in FCT.
The Secretary maintained that the Traditional Institutions are the closest to the grassroots and the custodians of our culture hence the need to promote and strengthen them.
He said that his tour of the Chiefdoms was necessitated by the need to get more familiar with the challenges being faced by the people in the grassroots.
His words: “First, it is good to actually come and get more familiar with these issues on ground, and it is obvious, the Traditional Institutions in FCT needs to be strengthened and documented.”
“It is only right that we familiarize ourselves with them and also know some of the challenges that are befalling them so as to extend the Renewed Hope Agenda to them and their communities,” he added.
Garki opined that the Traditional Institutions need better welfare and better Palaces, their subjects need to be treated better and the Chiefs need to be elevated and recognized globally.
According to him, the familiarization tour is also aimed at carrying out a need assessment of the rural communities in FCT after which a report will be presented to the FCT Minister, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike and his counterpart, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, after which he hopes that audience will be granted the Traditional Rulers for the discussion on the issues presented in the report.