These six Council Chairmen of the FCT were then inaugurated on the 20th of May 2019, under the 2010 Electoral Act. Based on that Act, the tenure of the Chairmen would end today and the new Chairmen, based on the elections held in February this year, would be sworn in on 20th May 2022.
This was disclosed by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello when he visited the market in the evening following the incident earlier in the day, to ascertain for himself the cause and extent of the violence which claimed four lives and resulted in the razing of shops and vehicles within the market.
Speaking on the theme of the 2022 Senior Executive Course which is “Strengthening Local Governance in Nigeria: Challenges, Opinions and Opportunities”, Malam Bello noted that Local Governments, or Area Councils, as they are called in the FCT, by being the tier of government closest to the citizenry, have very strategic roles to play in delivering dividends of democracy to the grassroots populace.
In the words of the Commandant, “We want to recognize and appreciate the good work you are doing in the FCT in terms of provision of security and development of critical infrastructure. Our prayer is that that the Almighty God will continue to give you the focus so that you will take the Territory to the next level”.
This was disclosed by the General Counsel (GC) and Secretary of the Legal Services Secretariat of the FCTA, Barr. Mohammed Babangida Umar following the FCT Executive Committee meeting held on Monday, 9th May 2022, which was chaired by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, the minister said that in 2014, Nigeria embarked on an ambitious 5-year mission to eliminate open defecation nation-wide, building millions of toilets and aiming to change the behaviour of millions of Nigerians.
On behalf of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, I bring warm felicitations to all residents of the FCT, especially the Muslim Ummah as we join the rest of the Muslim world in the celebration of Eid-El- Fitr signaling the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
In his message to commemorate May Day, the Minister congratulated the leadership and members of the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and all other employees across the Federal Capital Territory.
The Minster of State who was represented by Mr Samuel Atang, Director, Operations, Planning and Strategy in the Office of the FCTA Permanent Secretary, disclosed that the Administration had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigeria Film Corporation (NFC) for Abuja to serve as the host city for the festival over the next 10 years.
Speaking after a tour of facilities at the Centre, the Minister corroborated Mrs. Yusuf on the imperative for the creation of awareness about the disorder, even as he pledged continued support of the FCT Administration to improving the well-being of persons with autism and other neurological disorders to enable them live normal lives.