The FCT Administration (FCTA) said it will give attention to the development of the six area councils and the satellite towns to decongest the capital city. FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, said this while receiving briefs from the FCT Area Council Services Secretariat at the Banquet Hall of the minister’s official residence, Gwarinpa I District (Life-Camp), Abuja on Wednesday.
The minister charged professional departments in the secretariat to work in a harmonious relationship to actualise this goal. He said if the satellite towns were given the required attention by providing the necessary infrastructure, most residents would not be struggling to remain in the city centre. Bello said the Area Council Services Secretariat had the onerous task of providing quality policy framework to make these areas more conducive, which will in turn reduce the pressure on the city centre. The chief press secretary to the FCT Administration, Muhammad Hazat Sule, while receiving briefs from the Abuja Investment Company Limited (AICL), said the minister directed the company to revisit the concept of the Farmers’ Market by building more in different locations in Abuja. He insisted that Farmers’ Markets must operate in a real sense, not just by name, stressing that the premier Farmers’ Market in Maitama District, at inception, was for fresh farm produce. The minister tasked the Abuja Markets Management Limited to ensure that environmental cleanliness remained its watchword in all FCT markets, and that leakages must be blocked to improve internally generated revenues. As the management of the Abuja Broadcasting Corporation also briefed, the minister assured that money would be made available to the contractor handling the studio facilities of the Aso Television to jump-start the operation of the station. Bello called on the management team to find alternative ways of funding by looking inwards. Also speaking during the briefing session, the FCT permanent secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, asked directors in the Area Council Services Secretariat to brainstorm on how to assist the six area councils to resolve the knotty problem of salary arrears owed workers. Ajakaiye urged them to continue to be exemplary in their conducts for the area councils to emulate.
Source: Daily Trust Newspaper