Go back to basics, Bello charges council chairmen, others
In continuation of retreat for the newly elected area council chairmen, vice chairmen, councilors, heads of administration and treasury, the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has charged council's leaders to go back to the basics of primary healthcare services, payment of primary school teachers and environmental sanitation.
Specifically, the minister charged the council's leaders to evolve a new and dynamic roadmap for grassroots development in line with the change mantra of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
"Whatever you do, as long as you don’t imbibe in the people under your area council the need to be hygienic, to be clean right from the basic family unit, then whatever that is being done is going to be built on shaky foundations,” the minister stressed.
Bello maintained that such roadmap should be holistically aimed at transforming FCT grassroots into communities where people can live, work and invest.
The minister insisted that if the people at the grassroots must enjoy a new lease of life, then the area councils must effectively serve as transmitter stations for government’s change agenda.
His words: “To achieve this therefore, it is very necessary to strengthen institutional framework for effective service delivery in the area councils. The onus to demonstrate good leadership does not fall on the FCT Administration alone but also on you the drivers of the FCT grassroots governance, that is, our council chairmen and council members”.
In his opening address, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye remarked that the retreat is the second of the set of the three capacity building programmes arranged to equip the newly elected area council officials in the FCT for the rigorous job ahead.