Minister calls for transparency and accountability

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja 

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Malam Muhammad Musa Bello FCT Minister

The Nigerian Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCTA, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has called on civil servants in the territory to be transparent and eschew all acts of corruption in the discharge of their responsibilities.

The Minister while receiving briefing from the FCTA Department of Treasury as part of his meetings with heads and management staff of Secretariats, Departments and Agencies (SDAs) of the FCTA in Abuja called on the staff to work as a team to meet the demands of the administration.

Malam Bello also expressed satisfaction with the overall performance of the Treasury Department, especially with the prompt payment of salaries and emoluments of workers, as well as contractors and pensioners.

He commended the efforts of the Department for the sanitization of the payment procedures as matured bills are now being paid as and at when due.

While asking the Department to consolidate on its good work, the Minister also asked it to work with revenue generating departments and agencies to improve the internally generated revenue profile of the FCTA.

Malam Bello had hitherto expressed concern about the low revenue profile of some of the revenue generating Departments and Agencies of the FCTA and charged them to work out modalities for improving their revenue generating capacity.

He also tasked them to ensure that all sources of revenue leakages within the system are effectively sealed.

In his presentation, the Director of Treasury, Ishyaku Ismail said that the Treasury Department has been able to entrench fairness, transparency and accountability in the settlement of capital projects liabilities and the constitution of the Revenue Monitoring Committee to ensure improved revenue generation and control.

In attendance at the meeting were the  Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa as well as the heads of the various Divisions of the Treasury Department.