“We enjoy good working relationship with FCTA’- Council Chairmen.”
The six Area Council Chairmen in the Federal Capital Territory and the leadership of Area Council Services Secretariat have debunked media reports accusing the authorities of the councils of taking decisions and implementing policies in total disregard to superior authorities.
The reports 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 have described the allegations as mischievous and a deliberate attempt to pitch the area council chairmen against the office of the FCT Minister of State and representatives of 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 in 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 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.
“If reporters or media organisations have personal issue with any chairman, they should go and settle their matters, and not drag other council’s chairmen into it by discrediting the entire body. 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 deter in 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 Ag. Secretary FCT Area Council Services Secretariat, Mrs. Omolola Olanipekun, also discredited the report, affirming that both the Area Council and the secretariat are having a harmonious relationship in driving the policies of the administration.
“To state the obvious, the secretariat is amazed at the immeasurable phew of the reporters and its sponsors in conjuring events and hallucinating conversations that are not related to the subject matter. They could be best described as an indefatigable genius in dishing out tissues of lies.
“And to set the records straight, let me state categorically here that, we enjoy harmonious relationship with the six area councils in the territory. We advice 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.
Despite Dwindle Revenue, FCTA Disburses N2,660,740,632.40 Billion Naira To Area Councils
Austine Elemue, the
S.A Media To FCT Minister of State in a press statement on July 28, 2021 says the Federal Capital Territory Administration has disbursed a total sum of N2,660, 740, 632.40 billion to the six Area Councils in the FCT and other stakeholders as its share of statutory allocation for the month of June 2021.
The figure shows that there was a minimal drop of revenue from N2,724,546,444.33 billion disbursed in the month of May to N2,660, 740, 632.40 billion in the month of June.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who presided over the 155th Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC), meeting appealed to council chairmen and stakeholders to show understanding and make judicious use of the allocation.
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The minister explained that the decline in the allocation was as a result of drop in the statutory revenue allocation from the federation account.
The figures released indicate that the sum of N773, 574, 574.28 million was made available for distribution to the six area councils, while the sum of N1,887, 166, 058.12 billion was made available to other stakeholders, bringing the total sum to N2,660,740,632.40 billion.
However, distribution to area councils show that the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), received N188,477,690.83 million, while Gwagwalada got N177,472,859.50 million and Kuje received N108, 501, 865.37 million.
Also, Bwari Area Council received N84,657,261.97 million, Abaji got N117, 435, 546.65 million and Kwali received N97, 029, 349.96 million bringing the total sum to N773,574,574.28 billion disbursed to the six area councils.
Furthermore, distribution to other stakeholders include: Primary Teachers which gulped N1, 526,230, 256.60 billion, 15 percent Pension Funds took N226,478,989.57 million, One percent Training Fund gulped N26, 607, 406.32 million, while 10 percent Employer Pension Contribution gulped N107,849, 405.63 million, bringing the total sum to N1,887, 166, 058.12 billion.
The minister said a tripartite meeting comparing the officials of FCT Administration, Area Council staff and the leadership of the Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage (DOAS) would be called with a view to upscaling the revenue generation in the territory.
She affirmed that the administration would not continue to work at cross purposes in the face of dwindling revenue generation in the nation’s capital.
Aliyu, who used the occasion to call on the FCT Primary Health Care Board and stakeholders to intensify campaign against the outbreak of cholera and other severe acute diarrhea diseases in the Federal Capital Territory, also described the spread as unacceptable.
While calling for more commitment on the part of all stakeholders, the minister however commended them for showing understanding in the distribution of monthly allocation to area councils and other stakeholders.
Those present at the 155th JAAC meeting include the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, Ag. Secretary Area Council Services Secretariat, Mrs. Omolola Olanipekun, Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, Abaji Area Council, Bwari Area Council, Kuje Area Council, Vice Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council and other critical stakeholders.
NYCN Election: Ben Jerry Pledges To Run An Encompassing Leadership That Will Usher In Fresh Air In Kogi
By Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.
Ahead of the Natioonal Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, a frontline aspirant, Comr. Benjamin Jeremiah Ojodale popularly known as Ben jerry has assured the youths across the 21 local government area of Kogi State that his new leadership will purely center on inclusiveness.
Ben Jerry stated this while addressing prospective delegates that will participate in tomorrow’s election. He said he will carry the day because has gone round the State to seek for support of the youth and critical stakeholders.
He expressed optimistic of an overwhelming Victory, noting that with free, fair and credible poll he surely be the face of the day.
He said such overwhelming victory can only comes when you have a sincere aspirant that has the entire youths at heart.
He promised to run an open door policy, create an overwhelm opportunities for teeming youth to explore their talents irrespective of religion, sentiment and tribal consideration.
He maintained with the new direction administration christine by Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello whom the youths of this great nation referred as role model, noting his new leadership will strive to emulate the Governor numerous leadership qualities that is center on grooming future leaders devoid of ethnicity, sentiment but rather an EBIGO which is Unity of purpose.
Ojodale, who have earlier dedicate his aspiration to Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello’s youth inclusiveness urged all the prospective delegates to turnout en-mass ahead tommorow’s poll in Kogi State.
The aspirant assured he will emerged in a free, fair and credible poll based on the ELCOM assurance at the poll.
According to him, the position of the Chairmanship have been zone to the eastern region of the State as to ensure a level playing ground for all that is concerned.
Global Times Nigeria report that Comr. Ben Jerry, promised if elected will work for the benefit of the NYCN, saying his blueprint would see to the Empowerment of the members in all ramification.
Ohinoyi of Ozi Turbans Sons of the Land To Form Cabinet, Sues For Commitment To Duty
Ohinoyi of Ozi Turbans Sons of the Land To Form Cabinet, Sues For Commitment To Duty
By: Joshua Adinoyi
The Ozi Community in Kogi/Koton-Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State was a beehive of activities over the weekend as sons and daughters gathered from within and outside the Area to celebrate the turbaning of worthy and rightful sons of the Area from the ruling houses.
The people who are dressed in various local attires, rolled out drums, showcasing different dance steps while other invited musicians, including Jibril Onutu Egbura, took turns to perform to the admiration of the audience.
The ruling clans of Ozi are Ohina and Onyebu, which had four of their sons each turbanned with different traditional titles.
The Ohinoyi of Ozi, HRH, Mallam Isah Shaibu, while speaking with Newsmen, appreciated Allah for making the ceremony a success, while commending the Paramount ruler, the Ohimege Igu of Koton-Karfe, HRM,
Alhaji Abdulrazak Gambo Isa-Koto, for finding him worthy to serve in the land.
Mallam Shaibu said those turbanned to serve as his cabinet members were selected based on their worth and capacity to deliver the needed results – serving the people selflessly.
The traditional ruler pointed out that he was overwhelmed with joy over the event, pointing out that those turbanned will serve as cabinet members in Ozi to ease the stress attached to the throne.
“A tree does not make a forest no matter how mighty it maybe, that’s why I have to turban worthy personalities to serve as cabinet members in this Community”
He said their turbaning came with ernomous responsibility, stressing that selfless services to the people was part of expectations from them.
Mallam Shaibu enjoined them to live up to their responsibilities towards ensuring a secured and well developed society.
On his part, a former Commissioner in the State, Hon. Abdulrahaman Wuya, described the event as historic, explaining that it was part of the statutory right of the Ohinoyi of Ozi to constitute his cabinet members after coronation.
Hon. Wuya, noted that peaceful coexistence, respect for elders, obedience to constituted authorities were haul marks that brings rapid development, calling on the newly turbanned members of the Community to ensure such traits are maintained in the area.
The former Commissioner and Chairman of KADU, appreciated the Ohimege Igu of Koton-Karfe for creating enabling environment for other Chiefs in the Area to operate while praying Allah to help Ozi Community and the entire kingdom witness unprecedented progress in the years ahead.
On his part, the former Minority Leader of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Barrister Ndakwo Abdulrahaman Tanko, who expressed joy over the success of the program, says the honour done to the sons of the Community was a rare privilege for them to contribute to the growth of the area.
Barr. Tanko pointed out that there was need for those turbanned to work closely with the Ohinoyi of Ozi to promote the peace and unity of the Community, and as well work collectively with the Paramount ruler, the Ohimege-Igu of Koton-Karfe, Alhaji Abdulrazak Gambo Isa-Koto (Agaba idu), whom he described as a man with foresight and blessed with words of wisdom.
Barr. Abdulrahaman Ndakwo Tanko urged them to as well draw government’s attention to the Community to enable the area witness rapid development.
He pointed out that tradional rulers in the Kingdom have been up and doing towards peaceful coexistence of the various tongues in the Area, calling on the newly turbanned members of the Community to also do in their best at sustaining such noble course.
Barr. Tanko also charged them to contribute their quota towards wiping out any form of security threat in the Area, saying the security of lives and property of the people was important towards achieving any meaningful development.
Those turbanned with traditional titles and their salutation include;
1. Mal. Alhassan Ohinoyi Ibrahim – Shaba (Daudu) Ohina Clan
2. Mal. Yunusa Angulu Muhammad – Ondaki Ogbani (Warri) Ohina Clan
3. Mal. Yunusa Abubakar – Ohimozi Ogbani (Dangara) Onyebu Clan
4. Mal. Usman Umar Auta – Ogazuma Ogbani (Agbor) Ohina Clan
5. Mal. Muhammad Mahmud Auta – Assannya Ogbani (Agaba) Ohina Clan
6. Mal. Zakari Yunusa – Sada Ogbani (Tukura) Onyebu Clan
7. Mal. Hussaini A. Yunusa – Galadima (Daudu) Onyebu Clan
8. Mal. Hamza Yunusa Abubakar – Oseze Ogbani (Gata) Onyebu Clan.
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