Natives ask AEA to account for budgetary allocations

Coalition of FCT Indigenous Association has said they are set to checkmate agencies in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to know what they are doing in improving the lives of residents and natives of the territory.

Comrade Yunusa Yusuf

The group called on management of the Abuja Enterprise Agency, AEA, to immediately release list of the empowerment programme it carried out with the task payers’ money allocated to the agency by the FCT administration.

Spokesperson of the group, Comrade Yunusa Yusuf, who disclosed this in Abuja yesterday at a press briefing, said the group decried the continuous silence by AEA and other FCT agencies that refuse to showcase their score for the public to assess their performance. 

According to the group, having studied the situation at AEA for over 4 years now, they have come to a conclusion that the problem lies within the agency, that besides the way their people have been marginalised, they want to register their grievances to the fact that some of the agencies who are supposed to carry the indigenes along are not reaching out to the people.

“The Abuja Enterprise Agency for instance, we are not sure if they can justify the allegations that their departments have not been carrying the indigenous people of Abuja along. At several occasion their empowerment programmes are invisible.

“So, we are left with no other options than to engage on public and civil action against such agencies, because we cannot continuously watch them take money from the budget and the targeted people are not reached out to,” he said.  

The organisation further challenged the managing director and entire management of AEA to unveil the number of the FCT citizens the agency had empowered so far, and how many trainings it had instituted since they took over as management.

The group stressed that they want to know how many people have benefited from the agency’s empowerment programme in Kuje, Kwali, Bwari, Gwagwalada, Abaji and Abuja Municipal Area Council of the FCT.

“We cannot continuously have them sabotage the effort of the FCT Ministers, because we know that the FCT Minister and the minister of state both released the budget and allocation meant for every agencies and department in the FCT.

“We have resolved in our last meeting to go after the departmental heads and the FCT agencies to tell the public what they are really doing with budgets, because we have to know.

“Somebody should explain to us what is going on. The minister has told us that all the allocation are being released as at when due. So if at all we are not seeing them performing their work we demand answers from them,” the spokesperson posited.  

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