By Stanley Onyekwere
Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Adamu Abdullahi Candido signed the Council’s 2020 budget proposal into law, following accelerated consideration and passage by the legislative arm.
Recall that AMAC legislature recently passed it’s 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 2020 fiscal estimate which represents a nominal increase of 3.43% above the previous year’s was zero-based, had 51.52% allocated to capital expenditure.
Candido, in a brief signing ceremony held at the Council’s Secretariat, the disclosed that the 2020 estimates were budget of actualization of promises made to the people.
He tasked all his supervisory councillors and Special Assistants to ensure that projects are seen on ground between 1st January and 20th May, 2020.
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.”
The AMAC boss revealed plans to free up funds for capital expenditure and reduce overhead cost of the Council.
“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 paypyroll, 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,” he stressed.
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 Signages (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 initiave. Well 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 are we overlappings, we will ensure that we right the wrongs.”
The AMAC Chair pointed that priority areas of focus to include infrastructure, especially standard roads in the communities, water supply, healthcare and other deliverables that could be of benefit to the people.