Mr Christopher Maikalangu, Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has assured residents of the area of his administrations’ readiness to deliver more dividends of democracy to them.
Maikalangu gave the assurance following his victory at the FCT Election Appeal Tribunal on Oct. 1. The assurance is contained in a statement signed by Mr Kingsley Madaki, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Public Affairs to the Chairman, on Tuesday in Abuja.
Maikalangu expressed gratitude to the residents, for their support and prayers.
He commended the three-man panel of the appeal tribunal led by Justice Suleiman Belgore, for deciding to stand by the truth.
“The three justices have written their names with gold in the sands of time and posterity will always judge in their favour.
“I also wish to commend the doggedness of the leaders and members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who stood by me in the period of the legal challenges.
“Now that the distractions are over, it is time to work for the people that elected us by ensuring that the residents benefit from the dividends of democracy they have been longing for,” Maikalangu said.
The chairman added that his administration would focus more on rural communities by providing infrastructural facilities such as rural electrification, opening of feeder roads, construction of boreholes, among others.
He called on AMAC residents to continue to support and pray for the success of his administration, while assuring them of his commitment to carry everyone along.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Monday demolished worship centres and warehouses built on illegal plots in Zauda village of Jiwa community in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
Mr Ikharo Attah, Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, who led the exercise, explained that it was aimed at clearing encroachment on the land swap infrastructure model.
He said, “We want to appeal to people to understand that ‘illegality remains illegality’, we are not disobedient to the creator.
“When we came here today, we discovered that a worship centre was built on an illegal plot, and we are bound to remove them.
” “Owners of the affected structures will not be compensated.
There is no compensation earmarked for this area at all.
The village chiefs are all here even though the people alleged that they sold the lands to them.
” Speaking, the Director, Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima, revealed that over 500 houses, warehouses, and worship centers were removed from the area.
“This is the continuation of what we started a couple of days ago, clearing illegal structures along the infrastructure corridor, we have come to conclude it today.
“So far, from Friday, Sept. 23, till today, over 500 structures have been removed.
We allowed them to remove their valuables,” he said.
He further said that compensation could be assessed and paid to only indigenous people but no compensation for non-indigenes.
Galadima explained that this was because such a policy has been in place, adding that non-indigenes had been warned not to buy land from locals.
Mr Christopher Maikalangu, the Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has condoled with the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, over the death of her mother, Hajia Zainab Sidi. Maikalangu, in a statement signed by Mr Kingsley Madaki, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Public Affairs to the Chairman on Wednesday in Abuja said her death “is a rude shock”.
He described the death of late Sidi as sad at a time when her contributions were needed to national development through her motherly advice to her daughter.
“She is a nice family woman and I pray that Almighty Allah grant the entire Sidi and Aliyu families the fortitude to bear the great loss.
Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) and the Prefectural Council of Rabat in Morocco, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote local government development at both councils.
Speaking after the signing ceremony in Abuja, Mr Christopher Maikalangu, Chairman, AMAC, said that the MoU would foster rapid development of the area council.
Maikalangu added that the five-year partnership agreement would come up with an action plan to enable it to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the area council.
Mrs Abiodun Essiet, Consultant on Development Partners, AMAC, said that the purpose of the MoU was for Africa Support Fund which “focuses on International decentralised cooperation among local authorities”.
She added that the MoU would focus on specific areas of cooperation.
According to her, both councils will unite their efforts to build capacity of elected officials and executives to enable them deliver effectively to people at the grassroots.
“The MoU would also promote sustainable development and environmental protection as well as planning and regional development.
“It also provides an opportunity to improve the management of public services, promote social development and exchange of knowledge and know-how on local governance.
“It will stimulate institutional strengthening of local authorities, digitalisation and digitisation of local administrations and awareness raising and to promote education for development.
“All these are boiled towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030,” she said.
The objectives of this partnership are to establish a multi-sectoral partnership between the two signatories which focuses on the promotion of local development.
It also aims at elaborating and implementing an action plan focused on institutional support and guidance for the development of innovative local policies and promote joint reflection on themes of common interest, among others.
Dr Peter Maigari, the Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), FCT Command, has disassociated the corps from the alleged interference with the election results of Feb. 12, chairmanship election of AMAC.
Maigari made the denial, when he paid a courtesy call on the Executive Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Mr Zakka Maikalangu, on Thursday in Abuja.
He was reacting to the allegations against NSCDC officer, Samuel Balogun as one of the security personnel suspected to be involved in the production of electoral results, different from that of INEC, which the Tribunal relied on for its judgment.
It will be recalled that the FCT Election Tribunal recently passed judgment against the incumbent AMAC chairman in favour of the APC AMAC chairmanship candidate, Murtala Karshi in the FCT area council chairmanship election.
The FCT NSCDC boss said that the corps was not aware of involvement of its personnel in the electoral process and Tribunal procedure.
According to him, as far as election security is concerned, the Nigeria Police is the lead agency, going by the Constitution and provisions of the INEC Act. “To be candid with you, if not two days ago, I as the Commandant of the NSCDC, FCT Command, never heard of any of these things.
“Thank God that you were able to fish out the officer to be from the headquarters, so I may not have known if there was any communication between them and the headquarters, which the headquarters did not communicate to me.
“So, as far as election issues are concerned, I cannot prosecute electoral issues except the police.
A Civil Defence staff, who spoke there is on his own, and I’m sure the Commandant General is not aware of this.
“So, I will address the issue with Commandant General.
It is not in our character to malign, what we do is to correct the things we have said.
“My aim of being here today is to synergies with you.
Even before the Tribunal ruling, you saw the letter congratulating you.
“That is to tell you that I was not privy to any because if there was something, I won’t congratulate you.
All the six area councils’ chairmen, I wrote and signed the letters myself.
“I’m here to discuss with you and to put across to you some of our assistance as our host.
As you can see you are the one who has most of the critical national assets and infrastructure.
’’ Maigari, who said that AMAC was the seat of power in the country, added that everything that should happen to Nigeria, the best should be in the council.
“That alone should encourage and spur people to do the right thing.
So, I’m calling on you to please, as I will reel out my request based on various submissions, and those you can assist us to do, please assist us to do them.
“Security is not just an individual affair, it is everyone.
I used to tell people, one of the things we are still not able to understand is the issue of security.
We are not taking it seriously.
” Ealier, the AMAC boss, assured the NSCDC in FCT that the council would synergise to make sure that “AMAC is safe’’.
Mrs Abiodun Essiet, a former Special Adviser to the Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), is among 25 dynamic leaders considered as pioneers of the Open Government Leadership Collaborative (OGLC), an official of the group has said.
Mr Sanjay Pradhan, Chief Executive Officer, Open Government Partnership (OGP), said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to him, the group of leaders will become Africa’s and Middle East’s pioneers for the OGLC.
He said “Open Government Leadership Collaborative is designed to build a refreshed and ever-growing coalition of open government leaders spearheading transformative reforms and advancing the open government movement”.
He explained that their roles would be to shape the future of the initiative and fashion ways of how it could be broadened and deepened over time.
He also said thst the Essiet choice was indicated in her role in promoting open government partnership with its citizens in AMAC.
“Essiet, in collaboration with some civil society organisations, ensured that the 2022 approved AMAC budget captured priority projects listed by the communities themselves,” he said in the statement.
AMAC became the third government institution in Nigeria to join the OGP global platform to build an all inclusive governance.
An all-inclusive governance includes allowing women, marginal groups, vulnerable people to contribute to the development of the council.
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT council, has promised to partner with the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), to sensitise citizens to their obligation for growth and development of the council.
The Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Ogbeche said this when he led executive members of the council on a solidarity visit to the chairman of AMAC, Mr Christopher Maikalangu.
Ogbeche said that Maikalangu’s election was a demand for citizens’ engagement, good governance and the respect for the rule of law.
“The challenge of administering AMAC is enormous, open defecation is still a huge challenge and there is need for concerted efforts to stem this tide.
“Environmental and security challenges remain widespread, our people in the rural areas face enormous water, health and infrastructural poverty.
Therefore, the task before you is by no means an easy one.
“It is in this wise that I assure you of the willingness of the NUJ to partner with your good office to create awareness and embark on advocacy on the citizens’ obligation in our quest for growth and development,’’ he said.
Ogbeche urged the chairman to find ways to plug the loopholes of waste, corruption and misappropriation to overcome the challenge in revenue generation.
The chairman said that the council was also abreast of the recent developments in the judiciary, purporting the removal of the AMAC from office.
”We remain persuaded that your election owes it to the desire of Nigerians and residents of AMAC to have a government that is responsive, responsible and citizen-centered.
”The residents and citizens of AMAC want an administration that can meet their quest for development, ”he said.
Ogbeche said that the council frowns at the attempt to remove him from office.
” The NUJ FCT as the umbrella body of all practicing journalists in the FCT, frowns seriously at the attempt to hijack the constitutional will of the people to freely elect their leaders.
”It is in this regard that we state that your purported removal from office by the FCT Election Tribunal is a miscarriage of justice which should not be allowed to stand,” he said Responding, Maikalangu said that the tribunal would not distract him from delivering on his campaign mandate, adding that he is well aware of the challenges in the council.
The chairman commended the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) for delivering a free and affair election, but appealed to the NUJ to query the judgment of the FCT Election Tribunal.
Group advocatCentre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) has called on government to empower women in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with kick-up grants that would enable them to practicalise the skills acquired.
Executive Director of CTA, Ms Faith Nwadishi made the call at a news conference organised in collaboration with Women of Original Inhabitants Ambassadors group in the FCT.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the cultural ambassadors group was established by CTA as agents of cultural rebirth and specially placed as community volunteers.
“The groups are raising the consciousness of the original inhabitants to promote the socio-economic, political and cultural rights of the inhabitants of the FCT in their various communities.
” Nwadishi, who acknowledged that it was not enough that women should be encouraged to go into skill acquisitions, called for access to some kick-up grants that would enable them to practicalise the skills acquired.
“Most women’s source of livelihood is firewood fetching and selling, hawking groundnuts, corn amongst others.
But we all know these aren’t sustainable businesses.
“This is because indigenous women are regularly faced with harassments from the taskforce while in the cities, firewood hewing is also prohibited or discouraged.
” The executive director stated that the indigenous peoples were distinct social and cultural groups that shared collective ancestral ties to the lands and natural resources where they lived or occupied or from which they were displaced.
“These are peoples with pre-existing sovereignty who were living together as a community, prior to contact with settler populations.
” According to her, the tribes of the FCT include Gbagyi, Gwandara, Koro, Gede, Bassa, Ganagana and Ebira.
She said the indigenous tribes in the FCT faced many challenges, including discrimination over lack of access to education, health care and ancestral lands.
“For decades, the Original Inhabitants (OIs) of the FCT have faced several forms of infringements of their fundamental rights and women faced double of these challenges.
“They also face disproportionately, high rates of poverty and are subjected to violence, such as domestic violence and sexual abuse, including in the contexts of trafficking and armed conflict.
” Nwadishi, however, called for the removal of structural imbalance that impeded the well being of the original inhabitants women in the FCT.
“Women in the FCT should be included in political activities across the different political platforms.
“We acknowledge the appointment of one of the women ambassadors as the media aide to the newly elected Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) chairman.
We call for more of these recognitions,” she said.
On her part, Amina Kassanki, a member of the OI Cultural Ambassadors, of the Bassa tribe, said that women were “at the receiving end” of the problems faced by the inhabitants.
According to her, these problems include lack of access to education and non-inclusion of women in political decisions.
For Rebecca Ahmed, a Gbagyi indigene, illegal mining activity carried out in communities was causing health challenges to citizens.
“Most of our lands have been taken away from our men which has hindered farming which is one of the sources of livelihood for us.
” Also, Henshi Zeichibu, representing Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) called on government to grant scholarships to the physically challenged indigenes, to enable them to enrol in schools and aquire skills.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has disbursed N2.9 billion to the six Area Councils in the territory for June. The Minister of State for FCT, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, who presided over the 166th Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC), said this when she briefed newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.
Aliyu urged the councils’ leadership to scale-up revenue generation with a view to meeting up critical needs of rural communities in the territory.
The minister, however, expressed displeasure over the attitude of some council authorities who have embarked on recruitment of staff without corresponding value for revenue generation.
She appealed to the chairmen to ensure that financial burden was not placed on the councils, just as she reiterated that the era of politics were over.
“While it is the responsibility of government at all levels to provide jobs, I am also of the opinion that such exercise should be done in corresponding value of revenue generation within your councils.
“It makes no sense to me if we carry out recruitment that will become financial burden to all of us.
’’ Aliyu said that the breakdown of the figures released during the JAAC meeting showed that the sum of N622,223 million made available for distribution to the six area councils.
“And the sum of N2,280,916 billion was made available to other stakeholders, bringing the total sum to N2,903,139 billion.
“Similarly, distributions to area councils show that the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), received N140,340 million, Gwagwalada got N90,790 million and Kuje received N128,422, million.
“Other area councils include, Bwari Area Council which received N89,245 million, Abaji got N92,585 million, Kwali received N80,840 million, bringing the total sum to N622,223 million disbursed to the six area councils.
’’ The minister said that the distribution to other critical stakeholders include: Primary School Teachers which gulped N1,917,556 billion, 15 per cent Pension Funds took N226,478 million.
“One per cent Training Fund gulped N29,031 million, while 10 per cent Employer Pension Contribution gulped N107,849 million, bringing the total sum to N2,280,916 billion.
’’ The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was attended by the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola and Mandate Secretary Area Council Services, Hon. Ibrahim Dantsoho.
Others are the Director of Administration and Finance, FCT Area Council Services Secretariat, Mrs Omolola Olanipekun, as well as the chairmen of the six area councils among others.
Mr Christopher Maikalangu, the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), says he will appeal the FCT Election Tribunal judgment nullifying his emergence as winner of the Feb. 12 area council elections.
In a statement issued in Abuja, he called on his supporters to remain calm for the needful to be done.
The statement, jointly signed by Ephraim Audu and Kingsley Madaki, his Chief Press Secretary and Senior Special Assistant on Media was issued on Friday night in Abuja.
“Following the judgment at the FCT election tribunal, the leadership of Abuja Municipal Area Council has renounced the judgment that was passed in favour of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
The chairman therefore, called on his supporters to remain calm and not take laws into their hands as his legal team had already appealed the matter at a competent court.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Maikalangu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was declared winner of Feb. 12 AMAC chairmanship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He polled 19,302 votes to defeat Murtala Usman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 13,240 votes.