The Federal Capital Territory Administration on Tuesday re-affirmed its commitment to the development of the six Area Councils in the territory.

The Administration also declared that no illegal deductions were taken from the revenue allocation to the Area Councils.

The Honourable Minister of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide and the Permanent Secretary, FCT, Engr. John Obinna Chukwu, made this known during the courtesy visit by Board members of the Area Council Service Commission.

Akinjide stated that the local government councils in 36 States and area councils in the FCT were important arm of government that should be well-equipped to deliver dividends of democracy and service to the citizens at the grassroots’ level.

“The FCT Administration remains committed to serve the residents and Nigerians by ensuring balance growth and quality service delivery throughout the FCT.

“We expect every part of the territory to have infrastructure. We are developing standards in the primary healthcare and education in the Area Councils,” she explained.

She assured the Commission that the FCT Administration would support it to complete the Area Council Staff Training Institute and also to provide a good working environment to the staff.

The FCT Permanent Secretary, Engr. John Chukwu, disclosed that no illegal deductions were made by the Administration from the revenue allocation of the area councils.

“The FCT Administration does not tamper with the revenue allocation of the Area Councils,” Chukwu stated.

He noted that the Administration would continue to rigorously monitor and supervise the area councils as well as render assistance to enable meet the aspiration of the people.

Earlier, the acting Chairman of the Area Council Service Commission, Mr. Steve Anyebe, commended the minister for her efforts towards development of the area councils.

“In terms of infrastructural development, it is very clear that the Office of the Minister of State for FCT has done and is still doing a laudable job. We wish to make that very clear,” he noted.

He solicited the support of the FCT Administration in the completion of the FCT Area Council Staff Training Institute and funding.

“We are committed to motivating the staff to translate the policies of the Administration into visible projects and programmes. The Board wishes to pledge its unflinching loyalty to the FCT Administration,” he added.

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