By: Wisdom Acka & FavourOnakpoma
The Abuja Municipal Area Council has said it has arrested 10 ‘fake’ revenue collectors in Abuja.
The Chairman, Mr. Christopher Maikalangu, made this disclosure during a press briefing at the Council Secretariat in Area 10, Garki, on his one-year achievements in office.
The Chairman also revealed that more than half indebtedness of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has been paid.
Maikalangu assured that his administration would ensure completion of payment of about N2.5 billion owed contractors by past AMAC administration.
The Chairman, who was represented by the Supervisory Councillor for Special Duties, Mr Emmanuel Inyang, further disclosed that he met an empty treasury and on assumption of office on 14th June, last year.
According to him, some of the Councils contractors had to abandon project sites due to the accumulated debts, thereby making it impossible for him to initiate new projects in line with his electoral promises.
Maikalangu added that though faced with various challenges, ranging from different court cases, his administration was able to record remarkable achievements in the delivery of developmental projects.
His words: “We have been able to provide potable water by constructing solar boreholes in various communities, such as Dagma village, Anguwan Gade in Jikwoyi, Karu ward, Anguwan Gbagyi in Karshi ward and at Area C, Nyanya”.
“We have provided rural electrification by supplying and installing transformers at Toge Community, Tatajiya and Hulumi communities,” he reiterated.
“On construction of rural roads, aside from grading and rehabilitating several feeder roads, we have constructed and laid asphalt on Wumba Township road, Iddo-Sarki access road, Mondic road, Gwagwa road among other communities”, Maikalangu added.
In the area of education, the AMAC Boss said that his administration has inaugurated a scholarship committee to review application from all indigents students from the Council’s twelve wards; revealing that about 200 applicants were expected to receive their scholarship awards “by the third week of June”.
The Chairman added that his administration introduced cashless revenue payment policy in order to put a stop to high rate of fake and illegitimate revenue collectors.
“This policy guarantees direct payment into Council designated accounts and the reduction of corruption and imposters in the revenue administration and collection in AMAC,” he said.
“Another creative revenue policy was the inauguation and introduction of AMAC taskforce on revenue monitoring, inspection and enforcement to fish out thieves and up the payment compliance level,” he stressed.
The Chairman, therefore, appealed to residents of the Area Council to be patient with his administration; saying that he was committed to delivering more dividends of democracy to the people.