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Candido signs N8b 2020 budget into law
• Moves to reduce overhead

27th Jan, 2020 | By Wisdom Acka | ||

Following early passage of Nigeria's 2020 budget by the National Assembly, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) chairman, Adamu Candido has followed suit by assenting to the Council's over N8 billion budgetary proposals for this year. In a brief signing ceremony held at AMAC headquarters in Area 10, Garki, Abuja, recently, the Chairman disclosed that the 2020 estimates were budget of actualization of promises made to the people.

Noting that time was running out on the council to deliver, Candido said: "We have only two years to deliver and we have to leave substantial things for those to succeed us", even as he tasked all his Supervisory Councillors and Special Assistants that he wanted to see projects between 1st January and 20th May, 2020. Speaking on his plans to free up funds for capital expenditure and reduce overhead cost of the Council, Candido strongly indicated presence of ghost workers on the payroll of AMAC.

He said: "We've taken a look at our payroll and discovered that some people (AMAC staff) are no more with us so we will identify them and have their names removed from our pay roll, some of them have moved to other places. "Identify these names and put a stop to it immediately. They should not be paid beginning from this December. "Whoever is supporting them to take salaries without working, we will stop them because we cannot allow them to be collecting salaries in two places, it is cheating and it is not acceptable"

Commending friendly relationship with the Federal Capital Territory Administration, the AMAC boss revealed that the council has entered into agreements with the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) and Department of Outdoor Advertising and Signage (DOAS) on revenue collection and service delivery, which would remove frictions and increase internally generated revenue. He also appreciated the AMAC legislative arm "For keeping sleepless nights to work on the budget in record time. We will not give up till we do the right things.

"I also call on our councillors to carry out healthy oversight and monitoring. Stand your ground. We are committed to ensure that the right things are done." "We also want to key into the Federal Government's Ease of Doing Business initiative. We will key into the presidential encouragement to fast track processes of doing businesses, so that files do not spend months where they should not, where there is overlapping, we will ensure that we right the wrongs." The AMAC Chair pointed that priority areas of focus will include infrastructure, especially standard roads in the communities, water supply, healthcare and other deliverables that could be of benefit to the people.

It would be recalled that AMAC legislature recently passed its 2020 budget to the tune of eight billion, seven hundred and five million, one hundred twenty-six thousand forty-nine Naira (8,705,126,049) only. The budget which represents a nominal increase of 3.43% above the previous year was zero-based, had 51.52% allocated to capital expenditure.

News Update

Malam Bello acknowledged and commended the good work of all health workers in FCT, especially for their efforts at combating the coronavirus.

Speaking to journalists last week at Asokoro District Hospital, where he is currently receiving treatment, Dr. Kawu explained that his journey to the isolation center began 12 days earlier when he experienced feverish conditions, prompting him to take the COVID-19 test which turned out positive.

Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin, sounded the note of warning when he led an inter-departmental technical committee on inspection tour of some parts of the nation's capital city to assess the level of degradation perpetrated through activities of illegal developers

Chairman of the newly constituted FCT Ministerial Task Force on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attah handed the ultimatum during stakeholders' meeting with owners of businesses around the area on Monday.


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