By Idu Okechukwu, Abuja
As the newly elected chairmen of the six area councils in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, were sworn-in for another three years of leadership, FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, last Monday, enjoined them and their councillors to eschew all acts of corruption and use public funds for the sole purpose for which they are intended.
The minister gave this advice in his keynote address during the ceremony, warning them to avoid temptation.
It will be recalled that the All Progressives Congress (APC) won four area councils of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abaji, as well as Gwagwalada and Kwali while the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) won Bwari and Kuje area councils at the just concluded 2019 elections.
He said the temptations that came with occupying elected public offices were enormous but that they must not lose focus, urging them to be accountable to the electorates who voted them into power.
According to him, “the welfare and wellbeing of your people should come first in all your decisions and actions. You must learn from the mistakes of your predecessors and build on their successes.”
The chairmen, were further admonished not to limit their relationship to their respective area councils but, rather, to tap from the wealth of experiences of those who had excelled in their various fields.
Responding on behalf of other chairmen, the AMAC chairman, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, thanked the minister for his leadership role since he assumed office, tasking the FCT administration to bridge the communication gap between the administration and area councils.
The newly sworn-in chairmen were Honourables Abdullahi Adamu Candido, AMAC, Abdulrahman Ajiya, Abaji, John Gabaya Shekwogaza, Bwari, Adamu Mustapha Danze, Gwagwalada, Abdullahi Suleiman Sabo, Kuje and Daniel Chiya, Kwali.