The minster of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello has tasked the new area council in the capital territory to find ways of generating revenue within their councils.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the chairmen in Abuja on Friday, May 20, Bello challenged the new leaders to be proactive and think outside the box in order to improve the councils’ revenue.
Bello said the challenge became necessary due to the dwindling Nigeria’s economy affecting all tiers of government.
“Permit me to tell you that serious challenges await you at the Area Councils. The bitter truth is that all the six Area Councils cannot be able to pay staff salaries and other obligations. Even though the FCT Administration has gone extra mile to assist the Area Councils, you are better off taking proactive measure to your various councils,” Bello said.
The minister also reminded the chairmen of their campaign promises to FCT residents and the expectation burdened on them to deliver on their promises.
“You are now for all, irrespective of party, religion, tribe, age or gender. So be humble in your leadership and appreciate the role played by all stakeholders towards your victory, you must turn around the potentials of your Area Councils into wealth, by boosting revenue and blocking leakages, so that your Councils’ can be financially independent and you will be able to deliver the expected dividends of democracy,” he said.
Also speaking, the permanent secretary of the FCT, Babatope Ajakaiye commended the new chairmen, the electoral body, residents and security operatives, among others on the peaceful conduct of the FCT council elections.
Ajakaiye said the conduct of the election is a clear indication of a fact that the people of the FCT are indeed peace-loving people.
Thanking the out-going chairmen, the permanent secretary urged the new chairmen to be up and doing in keying into the change agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration with a view of delivering the dividends of democracy to the grass-roots.
Federal Government, especially as it relates to delivering the dividends of democracy at the grass-roots.
The new chairmen of the six area councils of the FCT sworn in by the chief judge of the FCT, Justice Ishaq Bello include: AbdulRahman Ajiya, Abaji area council; Abdullahi Adamu Candido – Abuja Municipal Area Council; Musa Dikko, Bwari area council; Adamu Mustapha Denze, Gwagwalada area council; Abdullahi Galadima, Kuje area council and Joseph Shazin, Kwali area council.
The FCT area council election took place on Saturday, April 9, at the various council in Nigeria’s capital territory.
The election which declared inconclusive by the electoral body, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) saw a rerun in Gwagwalada, Kuje, Abuja Municipal and Kwali area councils.