NGOs commend AMAC Chair on development

Keep the Change group, a non- governmental organisation on Friday commended the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) for transforming the area.

Mr George Marvel, spokesperson of the group gave the commendation when he led other members of the group on a solidarity visit to the AMAC chairman, Mr Abdullahi Candido.

Marvel commended the chairman for his commitment to socio-economic development.

He added that the chairman had so far achieved a lot of infrastructural development since the inception of his administration.

“We are witnesses to his good works as we have seen a lot of road, water and classroom projects and so on that he has done in different wards in the council.

“We believe in dialogue and if some people are clamouring for his suspension or impeachment, we will like them to drop that idea,” he said.

Mr Zaka Nehemiah, Leader, Youth for Peace and Development, also added that the group had since inception followed the infrastructural developments carried out by the present administration.

He added that the group was out to pass a ‘vote of confidence’ on the chairman, while urging him to continue in his good works.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the peaceful protest moved to the FCT Secretariat, where a letter of solidarity was submitted to the minister.

Receiving the protesters, FCT Minister, Mr Muhammed Bello, appreciated them for their peaceful conduct.

Bello who was represented by Mr Adamu Gwari, Director, Security, FCTA, added that the issues raised by the protesters would be looked into.

“On behalf of the Minister and Minister of state as well as the Permanent Secretary, I want to assure you that your issues will looked into and we will get back to you accordingly.

“Democracy is all about people and what you did today is worth commending and this administration remains firm to ensure that the people enjoy the dividends of democracy,” he said.

NAN reports that the secretariat of AMAC, located in Area 10, Garki, was thrown into confusion on Thursday after the councillors said they had suspended Council Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, for two weeks.

In spite of the suspension, Adamu, was still performing his official duties.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that confusion enveloped the area immediately after the legislators announced the decision, with workers and other people running helter-skelter following sounds of gunshots.

Some motorists were forced to abandon their vehicles as everyone on sight scurried to safety.

The legislative arm of the council took the decision after deliberating on a petition submitted by a civil society organisation on January 21.

NAN also reports that the decision was taken after the chairman and the petitioners appeared before the chambers for questioning.

The civil society organisation – the Civil Society for Human Rights and Rehabilitation – had alleged that the chairman had formed a habit of giving contracts to members of his family.

The petitioners also accused him of “shady financial deals and abuse of office.”

NAN reports that further legislative proceedings could not continue as the Mace was forcefully seized from the chambers by some unknown persons that invaded the arena.

Meanwhile, the suspended chairman has said he was ready for investigation over allegations of misappropriation of funds levelled against him.

He spoke at a town hall meeting with stakeholders organised to discuss issues relating to internally generated revenue and other matters facing residents of the council.

“It is important for the residents and people of the council to be kept abreast of the happenings in the council.

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