Bello calls for accountability, as Abuja council chairmen take oath of office

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Muhammad Bello, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has charged Abuja Area council chairmen to exhibit high sense of accountability and prudence in the management of scarce resources to bring development closer to people at the grassroot.

Bello gave this charge Monday in Abuja when he swore-in the newly elected Chairmen of the six Area Councils of the FCT, comprising four elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC and two on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

These include: Abdullahi Candido (APC), Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC); Abdulrahman Ajiya(APC), Abaji Area Council; John Shekwogaza (PDP), Bwari Area Council; Adamu Danze (APC), Gwagwalada Area Council; Abdullahi Sabo (PDP), Kuje Area Council and Daniel Chiya (APC), Kwali Area Council.

The FCT Minister warned the Chairmen who have three years tenure to shun every temptation to abuse public office and resources at their disposal but to ensure that all legacy projects of their predecessors were pursued vigorously to completion.

He tasked the new Chairmen to avoid waste of resources on phantom projects that will turn out a drain pipe of public funds, always be accountable to the electorate and not lose sight of the yearnings of the people that voted for them.

“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”, he said.

Describing the FCT as the centre and symbol of national unity, the Bello enjoined the Chairmen to use their position to promote the harmonious coexistence among the various segments of the Nigerian population living in … Read More...

We won’t stifle night life in Abuja – FCT Minister

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Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been assured that the ongoing move by government to sanitize the city will not stifle night life in the city.
The FCT administration had recently embarked on arrests of hoodlums which affected some night clubs and night life within the city
But Minister of the FCT, Mohammed Bello who gave the assurance, however, warned operators of hospitality institutions within the FCT to operate within the extant laws governing the Federal Capital Territory.
Bello while speaking with State House Correspondents cited the case of recent demolision of Caramelo Lounge, a popular strip club, located at N0 630, TOS Benson Crescent, Utako District Abuja, adding that the affected land has now become the property of the government.
He disclosed that the owners breached the laws adding that the master plan makes provisions for all activities including night clubs and does not allow a person to convert a building meant for a clinic into a night club.
“I’m quite interested also with the way I see the feedback from the wider community.
” I have had cause to discuss with many of your colleagues where many people felt that this minister has not been demolishing.
” As a matter of fact `he is not demolishing so he is not working’ – it is due process, brother.
“If you check the record you will be surprised how long it took to reach that painful decision of having to demolish that (property).
“As a matter of fact that all the regulations were there – that the property is no longer owned, it has been reverted to government because it is very clear, check any C-of-O, you will see the conditions.
“If there is a flagrant abuse and there are … Read More...