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Furore over FCTA Mandate Secretaries’ list

Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), may have to wait longer as their dream to enjoy the promised changes, now suffered setbacks Monday, following reports that the list of political appointees pending before the Presidency has been thrown out.

The President is the Governor-General of the FCT and by law, and all major political approvals for the FCT emanate from his office.

The FCT residents are currently bemoaning the low performances of the FCT administration under Malam Muhammad Musa Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) since assumption of office six months ago without mandate secretaries [equivalent to state commissioners], to assist him man the smooth affairs of the territory.

This is coming at the peak of expectation from residents, as well as local politicians who mobilised their supporters to ensure victory for the now ruling APC in the last FCT area councils election, in which they were promised political considerations in the appointments by the power that be.

The low indices for good governance, is said to be traced to the absence of political appointees and other key aides needed for the smooth running of the territory in which the FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello is yet to perfect more than half a year upon resuming office as minister.

Daily Times investigation in the six area councils that make up the FCT, reveals that public infrastructures like water supply, waste management, street lighting, parks and recreational services, public education, as well as public health and medical services are fast decaying as top echelons of the FCT civil service, saddled with the responsibility of supervising the agencies attributed lack of fund as the main reason.

Observers also traced the low performance indices to the absence of political will power to push the service into action, even as they await the release of fund from the just signed 2016 Budget by President Buhari.

Consumers of essential services also joined the crowd of residents in complaining the absence of functional markets, even as the costs of food stuff are on the increase. This, traders blamed the chains of supply and the cost of transportation in the territory.

The situation is worst as the organised labour unions perfect arrangement for a total shut down of the nation’s capital, Abuja, to push for the review of fuel pump price on Wednesday.

Though, most of them declined speaking with correspondent on tape, a few who spoke under anonymity said until the Single Treasury Account put in place by the new APC administration was reviewed, the absence of fund would continue to hamper on good governance.

A closed source confided to our correspondent Monday that: “You expect civil servants to take up brooms and start cleaning the parks for instance. You don’t expect us to pour water into the turbine in order to run the generators for our hospitals; you don’t expect our doctors, nurses, as well as their technicians to run tests for their patients with broken equipment” our source stated.

In the education sector, teachers now signed attendance by proxies as the increase in fuel pump price by the Federal Government has brought untold harsh to their dried purse, just as few days after payment of salaries.

Officials from the relevant FCT departments and agencies were reluctant to comment publicly on this. However, the Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Media, Alhaji Abubakar Sani, told newsmen recently that the FCT administration was aware of the need to have the mandate secretaries on ground, appealing for understanding of residents for better services.

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