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FCTA, council chairs deny infighting claims

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By Ben Adoga

The six area council chairmen in the Federal Capital Territory and the leadership of Area Council Services Secretariat, ACSS have debunked media reports that the area councils and their supervising authority, the FCTA are in conflict.

The reports had claimed that the FCTA accused the area councils of operating unilaterally to its chagrin.

The reports further claimed that the authorities of the councils take decisions and implement policies in total disregard to superior authorities. 

They also 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.

However, in a reaction, both the authorities of the area councils 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 the minister of state and the council chairmen and must not be allowed to stay.

“We are therefore, 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.”

The council authorities also pledged their loyalty to the representatives of the National Assembly who oversight the activities and workings of the FCT Administration.

On her part, the acting 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 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 carryout their individual background checks on the activities of these revered bodies with the able supervision of the minister of state,” she added.

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