Written by Austine ELEMUE

Bello tasks area council chairmen on governance

The Federal Capital Territory Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, last week sworn in six area council chairmen and their vice, just as he charged them to imbibe the virtues of good governance and accountability in the discharge of their duties at the grassroots. 

Bello also called on them to be accountable to God and to the people who elected them to office. 

In his words, “the temptations that come with occupying an elected public office are enormous, but you must not lose sight of the fact that you are accountable first to God and very importantly, to your people”.   He also advised the chairmen to always ensure that public funds are used for the purpose for which they are intended. 

“You must learn from past mistakes and build on existing successes. You should resist the temptation to discard good ideas or discontinue laudable projects because they are not your own and you want to initiate your own. You should know that when projects are not completed it is a disservice to the people.” 

Describing the FCT as the centre and symbol of national unity, the minister also urged the chairmen to use their position to promote the harmonious coexistence among the various segments of the Nigerian population living in their domain.

While stressing that the area councils are part of the FCT administration, Bello called on the council chairmen to work with political, religious leaders and traditional rulers for the overall benefit of residents and visitors to the territory. 

Speaking on behalf of the new chairmen, Hon. Adamu Candido of the Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, commended the minister for his support for development at the area councils, just as he described the minister as a unique man with the fear of God. 

Candido, who was re-elected as chairman for a second term was particularly appreciative of the minister for the prompt release of allocations due area councils from the Federation Account. 

He said: “This minister does not deduct a dime from our federation account allocation. We get it exactly as approved and on time. This has helped us a great deal in the work that we do for our people and we are very grateful for it”. 

Our correspondent gathered that those sworn in are: Hon. Abdullahi Candido, Chairman, AMAC Hon. Lawrence Onuchukwu Vice Chairman, Hon. Abdulrahman Ajiya, Chairman, Abaji Hon. Abdullahi Abubakar Vice Chairman and Dr. John Shekwogaza, Chairman, Bwari Hon. Aminu Gumel Vice Chairman. 

Others are Hon Adamu Danze, Chairman, Gwagwalada, Hon. Kasimu Mohammed, Vice Chairman, Hon. Abdullahi Sabo Chairman, Kuje Hon. Shema Kwasu Vice Chairman, and Hon. Danladi Chiya Chairman, Kwali Hon. Zubairu Jibrin Vice Chairman     



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