The Abuja Municipal Area Council has vowed to reclaim all revenue sources belonging to the council that were lost to other organs of government to enable it perform optimally.
The Chairman of the Council, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu Candido disclosed this while briefing Journalists on the council revenue short fall in Abuja on Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020.
To achieve the objective, the Chairman has directed the council’s legal unit to step up their game and come out with measures that would enable the council to reclaim all the revenue sources that constitutionally belong to them.
He also instructed markets under finance of the council to liaise with the legal unit of the Council to reclaim the Wuse market back to AMAC to enable them generate revenue and discharge their constitutional role to the people as their elected representatives.
Candido who noted that the council has managed the market for twenty one years, added that it is their right to manage the market because its own by the council.
The Statement read, “I can’t entertain that any longer. I swore to defend the constitution and I swore to discharge my responsibility as surely elected official, this is the only way we can in defence of the constitution which is stated there.
“I also want the legal department with the finance department to put their head together and look at our books how we closer to owning Wuse market. From history it is very clear that this Area Council has managed Wuse market for twenty one good years, how comes that we are losing it.
“I have the mandate of the people of Abuja Municipal Area Council to manage their trust, manage their affairs for three additional years after finishing the first three years”, he explained.
“I am a respecter of authorities and value synergies with all organ of government but it must not be at the expense of the good people of the Area Council.
“We have suffered enough a lot in silence, and if we keep quiet, the people of this Area Council will continue to suffer. The silent underground intimidation from all quarters that are likely superior to us wanting to discharge responsibility that constitutionally they do not have, has brought us to our knees.
“The people of this Area Council will continue to suffer … the silent underground intimidation from all quarters that are likely superior to us wanting to discharge responsibility that constitutionally they do not have, has brought us to our knees.
Chairman stressed that the fallout of the shortfall of revenue in the council is the lack in d payment of ordinary salary of workers by the council.
While apologizing to the council staff for the delay in paying them their May salary, the chairman assured the press that before Friday their salary will be paid