By Salisu Sani-Idris
The six Area Council Chairmen in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the leadership of Area Council Services Secretariat have pledged their loyalty to the FCT Administration and FCT representatives at the National Assembly.
The Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abdullah Candido, made this known in a joint statement he signed on behalf of the council chairmen, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Candido debunked alleged media reports accusing authorities of the councils of taking decisions and implementing policies in total disregard to superior authorities.
“We are not just loyal to the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, but also to our esteemed representatives at the National Assembly.
“As area council heads, we cannot work in silos if we must deliver dividends of democracy to our residents.
“The media reports alleging that the area council chairmen take decisions without recourse to the office of the Minister of State, who supervises activities of the councils and other auxiliary matters, or FCT representatives at the National Assembly who oversight the FCTA is false,” he said.
He described the allegations as mischievous and a deliberate attempt to pitch the area council chairmen against office of the FCT Minister of State and representatives at the National Assembly.
Candido said that mischief makers and political detractors are bent on ensuring that they sow seeds of discord between the office of the Minister of State and the council chairmen.
He condemned desperate attempt by some individual to plant seed of discord between the minister of state and the council chairmen and “must not be allowed to stay.”
According to him, area council chairmen will not take the motherly love of the minister of state for granted.
“We are very loyal to her and have never had it so good till her coming. Therefore, nobody should disturb this peace,
“We are calling on our people to disregard the malicious publication aimed at overheating the system.
“We will not be deterred in carrying out our constitutional mandates of providing welfare and security to our people,” Candido said.
Also, Mrs Omolola Olanipekun, the Acting Secretary, FCT Area Council Services Secretariat, discredited the report, affirming that both the Area Council and the secretariat are having a harmonious relationship in driving policies of the FCT Administration.
“To set the records straight, let me state categorically here that, we enjoy harmonious relationship with the six area councils in the territory.
“We advise them to please carry out their individual background checks on activities of these revered bodies with the able supervision of the minister of state,’’ she added. (NAN)