Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has ordered the immediate closure of the Social Development Secretariat Cinema Hall over perceived poor accountability by the management of the complex.
Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye, who gave the order when he paid a visit to the complex at Area 10, Garki I District, Abuja yesterday, vowed 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.
He said, “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 Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mallam 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”.

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