Bello task council chairmen on human capital dev’t
The Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Bello, has admonished the six Area Council Chairmen of the FCT to focus on human capital Development in the developmental agenda of their domains.
The Minister said this when the six Council Chairmen paid him a working visit in his office on. While charging them on the principles of leadership and responsibility to their people, Bello reminded them that governance at the local government level, being closest to the people, is very critical for the overall development of the territory.
He charged them to focus on human capital development through three main components of primary education, environmental sanitation and public health. These three components, the Minister said, were the bedrock of development in any community.
Explaining further, Bello said that a clean environment and a functional primary health care system will mean less people in the communities will become ill with common ailments and will thus become more productive in the farms and other social and entrepreneurial endeavours.
“All of us will finish our tenures and we will still live within the communities. This is the time to upgrade your communities and focus on human capital development".
Speaking further, he said that making major changes in the communities do not necessarily require massive funding. What is required, the minister said, was a massive re-orientation and mobilization of the people. He urged them to deploy the same amount of energy and methods utilized during political campaigns to mobilize the people into the development of their communities.
Doing this, however, the Minister said required purposeful and a hands-on leadership approach from the Area Council Chairmen themselves. “Nothing prevents you from supervising the cleaning of the streets yourselves” he said.
He also drew a parallel between environmental sanitation and development. In his words “If your communities are clean, it will encourage people to develop properties there because there will be no difference between your community and the city centre and as it develops the standard of living will increase, and encourage revenue generation. But the initial effort has to come from you.”
On security, the minister said the Administration was stepping up security across the FCT as additional police formations are being opened across the Territory. He however urged the Council Chairmen to support the efforts of the security men posted to their areas.
On community policing, he asked the Council Chairmen to avoid sentiments in the selection process into the community constabularies. He urged them to only engage those who are suitably qualified.
Speaking earlier, the Chairmen of FCT ALGON and chairmen of Gwagwalada Area Council, Hon. Adamu Danze, said the council chairmen were at the FCTA on a working visit to the FCT minister and pledge their support to the Administration for all its developmental efforts and accomplishments in the territory.