Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has ordered the six Area Council Chairmen to go and clean their environment and focus on human capital Development in the developmental agenda of their domains.
The Minister, who spoke today, July 17, when he hosted the six Council Chairmen in his office, charged them to imbibe the principles of leadership and responsibility to their people, reminding 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 concentrate on three main components of primary education, environmental sanitation and public health, adding that these three components are the bedrock of development in any community.
Malam Mohammad Musa Bello said that a clean environment and a functional primary health care system will make less people in the communities become ill with common ailments and will become more productive in the farms and other social and entrepreneurial endeavors.
“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 that making major changes in the communities do not necessarily require massive funding, saying that what is required is a massive re-orientation and mobilization of the people. He advised them to deploy the same amount of energy and methods utilized during political campaigns to mobilize the people into the development of their communities.
“You all have markets and market unions, yet there is refuse everywhere. These are areas where you can show leadership by ensuring they are clean.”
“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 center. And as it develops, the standard of living will increase, and encourage revenue generation. But the initial efforts has to come from you.”
The Minister called on them to return to the fundamentals of governance and not expend scarce resources on the construction of massive structures while also urging them to follow all extant financial regulations, including all procurement laws.
Earlier, the Chairmen of FCT ALGON and chairmen of Gwagwalada Area Council, Adamu Mustapha Danze, said the Council Chairmen are in support to the FCT Administration for all its developmental efforts and accomplishments in the Territory.