The FCT Administration has ordered the immediate closure of the Social Development Secretariat Cinema Hall over perceived poor accountability by the management of the complex.
The FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, gave the order for the closure, when he paid an unscheduled visit to the complex on Monday.
Dr. Ajakaiye vowed at an emergency meeting with the management team of the FCT Social Development Secretariat at Area 10, Garki I District, Abuja, that the Administration would audit the revenue accruable from the cinema and all the shops administered by the Secretariat in the last two years.
He said that the Administration would also look into the lease agreements for all the shops with a view to ascertaining that all monies collected were duly paid into government coffers.
His words: ”We cannot account for the revenue coming from this complex. The cinema hall that is said to have been leased-out is now closed down with immediate effect. We are going to check the agreement that was signed very thoroughly.”
“As for the shops, we are not going to close them down, but we want to see the agreements of those that are renting the shops and we are going to audit what has been paid and who has been collecting the money,” Dr. Ajakaiye added.
According to him, “the Administration decided to beam its search light on the Social Development Secretariat because of its poor revenue profile”.
The Permanent Secretary reiterated the commitment of the FCT Administration under the leadership of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, to block all financial leakages in the system in tandem with the change mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Dr. Ajakaiye explained that due to the dwindling revenue occasioned by the plummeting oil price globally, “prudent management of scarce resources by the present leadership is what has kept the system afloat”.
He noted that while the monthly allocation from the federation account had reduced to N1.8 billion, “the staff wage bill still remains at N4.1 billion”.
Dr. Ajakaiye, therefore, charged the staff to take their work more seriously to continue to add value to the system in line with the change mantra of the Federal Government.
The Permanent Secretary noted that the Administration had recorded giant feats in its effort to get rid of hawkers and beggars in the Territory, adding that the new strategies adopted had paid off.
In another development, the FCT Task Team on Environmental Sanitation has swung into full action to rid the Federal Capital City of all environmental nuisances as shanties were today, massively collated and burnt down in Utako, Jabi and Area 2 Neighborhood Centre, Garki districts as well as Galadimawa Roundabout.
The Chairman of the Task Team, Squadron Leader Abdullahi Adamu Monjel seized the opportunity to further warn street hawkers and beggars to immediately move out of Abuja because “there will be no hiding place for them”.
Muhammad Hazat Sule, FCAI
Deputy Director / Chief Press Secretary,
Monday, June 27, 2016.