Some residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), under the auspices of Abuja Grassroots Project, have noted that the chairmen of the six area councils are not accountable to those that elected them into offices.
In an interview with LEADERSHIP, the executive director of the group, Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf who also doubles as the Buhun Barkonun Abuja, said despite the monthly allocations to the area councils, the council chairmen have nothing to show for it.
Yunusa noted that at the moment, most of the area councils are owning salaries of their staff and have not started implementing the new minimum wage, even after collecting the monthly allocation to date, adding that the chairmen have not give reasons for this.
He stated that the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who supervises the monthly allocations to area councils must publicise the amount he gives to them every month, so the residents can make reference to the amount, because it is not their personal money.
“The FCT Minister, who is allocating money to our area councils, should be able to publish the monthly allocations, so that the people will know how much they get and hold them accountable, because it is not their personal money”.
The Minister is not helping matters, because he does not brief the press on how much he allocates to the area councils every month. So everybody is in the dark on how much is being given and how the money is spent, he said.
The executive director of the group noted that the area council chairmen are not doing enough to generate internal revenues, adding that the internally generated revenue (IGR), in each of the area councils, if properly harnessed, should be able to sustain whatever salary in the area councils.