(L-R) Hon. Abdulrahman Ajiya, Chairman, Abaji Area Counci; Hon. Adamu Candido, AMAC Chairman, Hon. Adamu Mustapha Danze, Gwagwalada Area Council Chairman, being welcomed by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello during ALGON members’ visit to the FCTA.
By Ignatius Ushie
The Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has admonished the six Area Council Chairmen of the FCT to focus on human capital Development in the developmental agenda of their domains.
According to a statement made available to Transport Day, the Minister said this when the six Council Chairmen paid him a working visit in his office.
While charging them on the principles of leadership and responsibility to their people, Malam 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.
While commending the Council Chairmen for doing well in their various domains, he, however, charged them to do more and focus a lot of their attention 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.
According to him, Malam Bello said that a clean environment and a functional primary health care system will mean fewer 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. He said.
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, adding that however, it 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.
Speaking earlier, the Chairmen of FCT ALGON and chairmen of Gwagwalada Area Council, Hon. Adamu Mustapha 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.
Other Area Council Chairmen present were Hon. Adamu Candido (AMAC) Abdulrahman Ajiya (Abaji), John Gabaya Shekwogwaza (Bwari) Danladi Chiya (Kwali) and Abdullahi Sulaiman Sabo (Kuje).
Also present at the meeting were the Honourable Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, the Permanent Secretary FCTA, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, the Chief Of Staff to the FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Borno, the Executive Secretary of FCDA, Engr Umar Gambo Jibrin, the Ag Secretary of the Area Council Services Secretariat Mrs Omololu Olanipekun and other senior members of the FCTA.