As they resumed office, newly inaugurated administrations in three of the six area councils of the Federal Capital Territory [FCT] bemoaned the emptiness of the councils’ treasuries, massive debts, and depressed workforce.
Alhaji Abubakar Jibrin Giri, Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, who revealed the situation in some of the FCT area councils, bemoaned the fact that the immediate preceding administrations wasted resources on frivolities and left empty treasuries for the new governments.
‘We’re having a difficult time settling in and catching up with governance because of numerous issues left over from the immediate past chairmen, who left office last month.’
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“The new chairmen have been unable to form their cabinets in order to effectively begin work and are still busy with stocktaking because they were met with empty treasuries, a backlog of unpaid salaries/allowances, a massive debt profile, and a grossly dejected workforce known for absenteeism, indiscipline, and other forms of workplace malpractices.”
Jibrin Giri, who described the situation as pathetic, stated that if they had enough money, they would resume where the previous administration had left off.
“So far, we have been attempting to correct many mistakes in order to restore discipline in the councils.”
“Recall that we only took over three weeks ago, and we encountered many things in the administration of the councils that are not for public consumption.”
“We have three or four years before we leave office, and by God’s grace, the council will soon pick up and begin providing services to the people.”
Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar Umar, the executive chairman of Abaji area council, recently made a similar complaint while swearing in the secretary.
“However, I will assure you that we are working to correct those things,” he stated.
While wishing Nigerians a joyous Sallah, the chairmen urged Muslims and Christians to live in peace and to support the Federal Government’s efforts to reduce the country’s growing insecurity.