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Published On: Wed, May 30th, 2018

2 Years of Candido’s administration: Stakeholders hail, demand more amenities

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By Stanley Onyekwere

As the current administration of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), marked it’s two years with unveiling of assorted projects, some stakeholders and residents have hailed the trend, even as they demand provision of more social amenities, so as to scale up inclusive grassroots development.
The stakeholders, ranging from politicians, traditional, community leaders, religious leaders to ordinary residents, revealed that within the period under review, the current crop of leadership in AMAC has conceptualized and implemented policies and projects that will turn the lives of people in the council and FCT in general.
According to them, area Council is the closet to the people, and as such whatever happens at this level of government affect the FCT generally, because that is where the majority of people reside.
PeoplesDaily reports that to celebrate AMAC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu Candido’s two-year anniversary of steering affairs of the Council, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello this week, commissioned several projects initiated and completed within the period.
Also, the Minister went about inspecting several ongoing projects at varying degrees of completion, spread across the political wards of the Council.
In particular, the completed projects commissioned were Karshi multi purpose Town Hall, Rural Electrification for Tungan Madaki-Tungan Nasara-Tungan Asheri, and Karon-Majigi Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC).
Others include, 1.52km rehabilitated Jiwa access road, Idu Township Road and 1.1Km Karu FHA Phase 1 Access Road.
On the other hand, some ongoing projects such as AMAC Grassroots Radio and Upgrading of Markets in Karshi, Utako, Gwagwa as well as construction of A-F Market at Apo Resettlement.
Equally, the high powered entourage flagged off issuance of Certificate of Allocation to allottees of Kurudu Relocation Market , signalling the commencement of business activities in the market.
Unveiling the projects, the FCT Minister, who was represented by the Mandate Secretary, Area Council Services Secretariat (ACSS), Adamu Abubakar Bappah commended Candido for his vision and commitment for the uplifting of the wellbeing of the people.
Clearly impressed by the developmental strides achieved by the current leadership of AMAC within two years, the Minister described Candido as the only hard working Chairman in FCT, thereby declaring and urging for support on his re-election bid, in order to continue with the trend.
Similarly, Coordinator, Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD), Tanko Yamawo, also extolled the good work of Candido’s led AMAC, saying that his performance has made the Current FCT Administration very proud.
He pledged STDD’s support for AMAC and other Councils to widen the scope of developments in rural communities, which would bolster the living conditions of people in the FCT.
Also speaking, Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) in AMAC, Abbass Baba, expressed delight in the nature of projects embarked upon by the Council, saying that it reflects the cardinal objective of the party.
He however urged the leadership of the Council to ensure speedily completion of the ongoing projects as well as widen the scope of social amenities for the people.
In the same vein, a resident in Jiwa Chiefdom, Usman Abu, said under the present AMAC Chairman, the people like never before, have come to terms with the meaning of democratic dividends, as manifested in the provision of social amenities.
This development, the jubilant resident attributed to the uncommon zeal and urgency by the AMAC Chairman to deliver on his electoral promises to the people, which is a clear departure from the past.
On his part, Hon Candido while addressing the people reassured them of unwaivering commitment to not only complete ongoing projects, but also provide infrastructure for the betterment of the people.
Candido lamented that but for paucity of funds, the present administration of AMAC had wanted to achieve more than what it managed to within the period under review.
He however reiterated resolve to remain focused on ensuring rapid and inclusive development of communities through provision of quality social amenities and services to all and sundry in the Council.
Interestingly, right from inception, the Current AMAC administration unveiled community development committees for the 12 wards of the councils, with core mandate to assist communities handle projects of choice by respective communities.
As of then, the chairman explained that setting up of the committees for the development of rural areas was in tandem with the National Policy on Community Development as a new approach of the federal government. And this, encouraged people domiciled in AMAC to be to be part of the development process of their environments.
In particular, the committees’ terms of reference include, but not limited to: taking decisions on the type of projects and prioritise the activities to be carried out; raise funds and explore other available resources for community development activities. Others are provision of logistic support for rural communities to carry out community development programmes and to collate monthly reports from various communities for AMAC.

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