By Omeiza Ajayi
The six Area Council Chairmen in the Federal Capital Territory FCT and the leadership of Area Council Services Secretariat have dismissed concerns about a frosty relationship between the councils and the FCT Administration, saying all offices in the territory have been operating in accordance with their constitutional mandates.
Reports had claimed that the Area Council Chairmen take decisions without recourse to the office of the Minister of State who supervises the activities of the councils and other auxiliary matters or FCT representatives at the National Assembly who oversight the FCT Administration.
However in a swift reaction, both the authorities of the Area Council and the FCT Area Council Services Secretariat described the insinuations as mischievous and a deliberate attempt to pitch the council chairmen against the office of the FCT Minister of State and the National Assembly.
A joint press statement issued by the six area council chairmen and FCT Area Council Services Secretariat stated 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.
The chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, who signed the communique on behalf of the council chairmen said; “our attention has been drawn to a news item trending in both traditional and social media platforms orchestrated by some disgruntled characters. Ordinarily, the authorities of the area councils would have ignored the entire report and remain taciturn, but silent is consent.
“The publication is a desperate attempt to plant seed of discord between Her Excellency and the council chairmen and must not be allowed to stay. We will not take her motherly love 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 should be rational on issues and not be laced with emotions or ignorance on matters that often times we know nothing about.
“We are therefore, calling on our people to disregard the malicious publication aimed at overheating the system. We will not be detered from carrying out our constitutional mandates of providing welfare and security to our people”.
The council authorities also pledged their loyalty to representatives of the National Assembly who oversight the activities and workings of the FCT Administration, stressing that no amount of cheap blackmail would deter them from working for the common good of rural communities.
According to him, “we are not just loyal to Her Excellency, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani 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.
On her part, the Acting Secretary, FCT Area Council Services Secretariat, Mrs. Omolola Olanipekun affirmed that both the Area Councyil and the secretariat are having a harmonious relationship in driving the policies of the administration.
“To state the obvious, let me state categorically here that we enjoy harmonious relationship with the six area councils in the territory. We advise them to please carryout their individual background checks on the activities of these revered bodies with the able supervision of the Honourable Minister of State”, she added.