FCT nullifies appointment of Gwagwalada’s community head

FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed

A new water project has been approved for Karshi.

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has invalidated the appointment of the Village Head of Dobi in Gwagwalada Area Council, Ismaila Iyah.

The Minister of State for FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide, said the appointment of the village head was irregular and did not follow the due process.

She directed the Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, Abubakar Jibrin Giri, to suspend forthwith the appointment of the village head until further notice.

“The FCT Administration wishes to reiterate that in all matters of appointment of District/Community Head, the Administration’s approval must be sought before such appointment is made by any Area Council, Ms. Akinjide said.

“Consequently, based on this breach of procedure in the appointment of Village Head by the Gwagwalada Area Council, the appointment of the village head of Dobi is hereby invalidated until laid down procedures, rules and administrative processes as well as due process are complied with by the Area Council,” Akinjide stated.

The minister advised the Dobi Community in Gwagwalada Area Council and leaders to remain law abiding and peaceful until the appropriate procedure is adopted on the matter.

Meanwhile the FCT authority says it would deploy a Sanitation Task Force in the territory as part of concerted efforts to ensure a clean environment.

Mrs. Akinjide stated this while receiving a delegation from Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council led by the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Ebele Okeke.

“It has become important to bring back sanitary inspectors in FCT. The Sanitation Task Force is essential, which the Administration will set up to deal with the problem of sanitation. The FCTA is currently carrying out facility audit of all the area councils and satellite towns to enable effective planning.

“We are also reviewing the existing regulations in the FCT to ensure that all houses and schools have toilet facilities. We have launched the Clean and Green Greater Abuja Initiative and Village Sanitation Programme as part of measures to ensure a clean environment in the area councils and satellite towns,” she explained.

She disclosed that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved the contract for a new water supply scheme in Karshi valued at N19.4 billion.

According to her, “The scope of the work will be the construction of two dams with a capacity of 19.6 million cubic litres of water reservoir and a water treatment plant that will be able to process 2,500 cubic litres per hour.

“The water project will provide potable water for the residents and water for agricultural and irrigation activities. It will also provide work for over 600 skilled unskilled workers.”

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