FCT minister swears in newly elected leadership of area councils

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By Muhammad Abdullahi, Abuja

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has sworn-in the newly elected six area councils chairmen and their deputies in compliance with court order

Bello, while inaugurating the chairmen, Tuesday in Abuja urged them to focus on good governance aimed at satisfying the yearnings and aspirations of electorate.

The Chief Judge of the FCT, Justice Hussaini Yusuf, represented by Justice Suleiman Belgore, administered the oat of office to the chairmen and their deputies.

The minister also enjoined them to abide by the oat of office, defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the rules and regulations of the FCT.

“The time of electioneering campaign is over. Now it is time to face and focus on good governance to ensure that electorate enjoy more dividends of democracy in the territory.

” You should accord priority attention to primary healthcare services. I also advise you to give attention to sanitation, primary education and other basic social amenities,” Bello said.

The Mandate Secretary for FCT Area Councils Services Secretariat, Alhaji Abubakar Dantsoho, also enjoined the chairmen to prioritize their area of concentration.

” You were elected to perform and you are going to be judged by your performance. You can see about three of them were reelected if they do not perform well I’m sure they will not be elected by the electorate.

” So, it is a very big challenge, it is not a time for jamboree. It is time for governance and I urge them to do the best otherwise, we will be out for them.

” At the FCT Area Council Services Secretariat we are in charge of the area councils and we will be going after them, inspecting their programmes and whoever don’t perform well, the law will take it cost.”

Earlier, the chairmen, while taking their oat of office pledged to defend the constitution of Nigeria and abide by the rules and regulations guiding the running of FCT without any fear or favour.

They also vowed to govern in fairness , devoid of discrimination to all residents, irrespective of political, ethnic or religious affiliations, even as they promised to discharge their duties with the best of their abilities in honesty and integrity.