NAN) The Promoters of One-Nigeria Ambassadors Club (PRONIG), an NGO, has donated solar-powered street lights to the Abuja Municipal Area Council Housing Estate police post as a way of giving back to the society.
Dr Tega Edache, the President of PRONIG, while unveiling the project in Abuja on Saturday, said that the project was aimed at adding value to the service of the Nigeria Police and the community.
Edache said that the organisation had earlier provided whiteboards and exercise books to primary school pupils and giving monetary donations to the Kanu Heart Foundation to meet the needs of Nigerians, among others.
He said that lighting had been an issue in the community as the police post, which was an entry point to the community was usually dark at night.
“PRONIG members believe that the Nigeria of our collective dream is realisable.
We don’t only believe it but we endeavour to put our belief to work.
” Recently, we observed that the environment at the entrance of the estate where our policemen are stationed while carrying out their routine checks at night is usually dark as they carry out their duties with the use of a torchlight.
” We reckoned that providing adequate illumination around that area would enable them to do their job better and contribute to their security.
” Consequently, we tasked ourselves and mobilised funds as much as possible to procure materials and labour for the construction of the solar-powered street lights that we have gathered here to unveil.
” Today, unveiling the solar-powered street lights has presented another opportunity for all of us to be proud of ourselves and believe more than ever before that good things can and shall continue to happen to us and Nigeria,” he said.
He, therefore, called on Nigerians to join in the league of those that believe in the future of the country by providing to the community, saying that doing this would trickle down to the larger society.
Edache called on Nigerians to preach peace and unity as the country approached the 2023 elections, saying this was the only way to go to have a violence free elections.
Meanwhile, Hon. Zadna Dantani, Supervising Councillor for Works, Housing, Land and Survey, AMAC, commended the group for the gesture, saying it would help improve the efficiency of the police.
Dantani said that the lighting would expand the business time in the community as well as help to get rid of criminal element in the area.
” This has brought joy to this community and light is very important in human life and this is to make sure this place is safeguarded.
” Government is a responsibility of all and we don’t need to wait for government to do everything.
We are assuring you that we are going to do more than what we are seeing now.
“The local government as a body which is closer to the people will continue to synergise for the betterment of the people in the community,” he said.
He, therefore, urged the police officers attached to the community to take adequate care of the facility provided them so that bigger projects could come from other well-meaning Nigerians.
Mr Mike Ejiofor, the Chairman, AMAC Residence Association called on Nigerians to support the Nigeria Police to carry out their functions in securing the lives and property of the people.
“It takes a good heart to give back to the society from the little we have; if everyone contributes their quota, it will go a long way in developing the country.
”Responding, the Superintendent of Police (SP) Ali Abdul, the Officer-in Charge of the station, accepted the donation on behalf of the Inspector- General of the Police, while thanking the group for the project, saying it was an achievement to the entire police force.
Speaking to one of the residence in the community, Usman Musa, a fruit seller, said that the project would enable him to stay longer hours while selling his goods.
Usman said that it would also prevent ‘petty thieves from attacking people in the community at night.
PRONIG is a, non-partisan and pro-Nigerian association founded by Nigerians from different ethnic, religious and social backgrounds to promote the ideals of a genuinely egalitarian, united and progressive Nigeria.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Friday in Abuja pulled down unauthorized structures to reclaim Zaudna land for infrastructural development.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Zaudna village, which is under Jiwa Chiefdom in Abuja Municipal Area council (AMAC), is one of the districts earmarked for land swap programme by the FCT Administration.
The Director, Department of Development Control, Mr Murktar Galadima, while addressing newsmen after the demolition, said the community was earmarked for land swap programme, where the administration gave out land to investors in exchange for infrastructure.
According to him, the illegal structures were causing obstacles for smooth take off of the exercise, adding that it will not be tolerated by the FCT administration.
He said that prior to the demolition exercise, there was a notice with series of meetings with officials of the development control and the natives.
“Zaudna is one of the districts committed for land swap programme, where FCT administration gives out land and the investor provides infrastructure.
“The demolition exercise is one of the programmes approved by the Federal Executive Council, so our responsibility is to ensure that the investor has no obstacle in providing the infrastructure,” he said.
Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the Minister of FCT, Mr Ikharo Attah, said that owners of the demolished buildings had no land titles, except an agreement they signed with the natives on ordinary papers.
Attah stated that the FCT had been warning people against buying lands from locals, considering the law that made up the city.
He said that since the relocation of the Federal Capital Territory from Lagos to Abuja, only the Minister of FCT had the right to approve land.
“We are reclaiming the land earmarked for infrastructural development that has been illegally taken over by some persons that said they bought it from the indigenes.
“We came in here and interfaced with the indigenes, and they told us that the areas didn’t concern them,” Attah said.
Also, a victim, Faith Opaluwa said: “I am in tears because I spent a lot of money on this house, if my children return from school now where will they go?
’’ He appealed to the government for consideration, saying that they had spent a lot on the project.
Another victim, Uguachima Lovelt, said that ‘’they had suffered to build this place, but today the whole place has been demolished.
’’ ‘’The indigenes sold it to us.
I have been here for one year but the notice didn’t reach me,” she added.
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.
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.
The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative Open Government Partnership (OGP), a multilateral initiative, has commended the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), for operating ‘citizen-centric’ administration.
Mr Sanjay Pradhan, OGP’s Chief Executive Officer, gave the commendation when he led members of a delegation to the area council.
Pradhan said the OGP is aimed at building trust in government by ensuring that government activities are transparent to citizens.
He also said that the citizens must be allowed to shape and oversee activities that affect them.
Pradhan added that OGP was results-oriented, as it would encourage the citizens to do their part by paying their taxes.
“It is clear from this that you are committed to transparency, accountability, fighting corruption and I really salute you for that because that is the spirit of OGP.
He said the concepts of good governance and citizen centric administration are intimately connected.
In his remarks, Mr Christopher Maikalangu, Chairman, AMAC, appreciated the group for the visit.
He assured of his administration’s commitment to focus on OGP, in order to build a strong institution devoid of corruption.
The chairman said that he had since carried out a comprehensive audit of all the financial activities of the technical partners with the council on the revenue generation sector.
“This is to make an appraisal and recommendations that would promote best practices in the sector.
”This is in our efforts to attune to the focus of OGP which is to build a strong institution devoid of corruption.
“What is in the pipeline is the digitisation of all revenue generation and collection activities.
”We shall unveil this, in no distant time, in a bid to revamp performances of all revenue heads,” he said.
Earlier, Mrs Abiodun Essiet, OGP’s Focal Person in AMAC, said that the area council was committed to promoting fiscal openness in its engagement with clients.
According to her, this would improve services, manage public resources, promote innovation, create a safer community and improve citizens participation in governance.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that OGP is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from national and sub-national governments.
This is to promote open government, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
NAN also reports that Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) became a member of Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2020.
AMAC was the first local government in Nigeria to become a member of OGP.
Bolt bringsRide-hailing platform, Bolt has announced the relaunch of its MyPVCJourney (My Permanent Voter Registration Journey), an initiative to ease the registration and collection of Permanent Voter Card.
The initiative which began in 2021 was established as part of the company’s community engagement efforts and commitment to promoting active citizenship.
The Country Manager, Bolt, Oludele Dare stated this in a statement on Thursday in Lagos.
Dare said that Bolt identified mobility challenges Nigerians face which have encouraged voter apathy.
He said it had, therefore, set out to aid the public in overcoming the obstacles as the electoral dates draw nearer.
Dare said two key challenges identified by Bolt were lack of awareness of nearest Permanent Voters Card registration locations and inadequate transport opportunities in Nigeria’s biggest cities.
Dare said that Bolt had come with the offering of a 50% discount to 24 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) local government offices in Lagos and Abuja to solve the challenges.
He said that the app would automatically apply the 50% discount to the ride as users choose any of the selected locations as their destination “When we launched the MyPVCJourney last year, it was a mega success with our microsite receiving over 16,000 pledges by Nigerians who commenced their PVC process.
“As the electoral process begins its final stretch, we understand our responsibility as the leading ride-hailing platform to partner with Nigerians and assist them as best as we can in becoming active citizens.
“This initiative is just one of the many ways we continue to commit to developing the socio-political and economic landscape in Nigeria.
“To bolster the initiative and voter participation, Bolt will be reactivating its #MyPVCJourney microsite where users can learn more about voting in Nigeria,”he said.
The selected locations applicable for the discounts in Abuja include Near Women Centre, off Abaji-Toto Road, Abaji; Action Area Layout, Secretariat Road (opposite High Court), Bwari and No 10 Olusegun Obasanjo Way, Area 10, Garki.
Others are Plot 32, Obana Motel Road, Federal Low-Cost Housing Estate, Gwagwalada; AMAC Beside Magistrate Court, Karu; Beside FCMB Bank, Plot 33A, Sauka Extention, Kuje and KDA 301, Phase II, Unity Bank Road, Kwali.
Also in Lagos, areas applicable for discounts include 20 Arigbanla Street, Orile Agege; Ajeromi-Ifelodun Temidire Street (by Tolu Police Station), Ajegunle; Alimosho LCDA Secretariat, Idimu Road, Ikotun and First Gate (by First Avenue), FESTAC Town, Amuwo-Odofin.
They also include Km 15, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Igbo Efon, Eti-Osa; Ibeju-Lekki Lekki Free Trade Zone Road (before Akodo General Hospital), Orofun-Orimedu; Ijaye 6 Bamgboye Street, Alagbado; 2 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja and No. 1 TOS Benson Road, GRA, Ikorodu.
Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) in the Federal Capital Territory on Tuesday launched its Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP) to address the issues of climate change and its associated impacts.
Mr Christopher Maikalangu, Chairman, AMAC, said it was important to build climate resilience, anticipate climate risks and hazards and ensure that low emissions that would foster development were encouraged.
“Climate Change is evident all around us. The changing climate, which is different from what we had 10 years to 20 years ago is affecting the way we live.
“Climate hazards such as floods, droughts, excessive rainfall, increasing temperatures, have increased in frequencies and intensities in many African cities and directly or indirectly impacted us all.
“According to the 2021 third assessment report of the World Meteorological Organisation and the United Nations Environment Programme, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the frequency and intensity of drought seems to have already worsened in some parts of Africa.
“Due to this, people who earn their livelihood from agriculture are not able to cultivate their crops when there is a flood or need to find alternative means of irrigation when there is a drought.
“Another concern is the access to energy in Africa. Currently just over 40 per cent of the African population has access to electricity and about 17 per cent have access to clean cooking.
“Access to energy is crucial for ensuring quality health and education are available to the population, for creating economic and employment opportunities which also address inequality and for increasing access to clean water and creating better cities,” he said.
In his remarks, the immediate past chairman of AMAC, Mr Abdullahi Candido, said that it was important to carry everyone along, when addressing issues surrounding climate and energy needs.
Candido called on the new administration in the area council to provide political backing that is needed to carry out the different actions prioritised for each of the SEACAP projects.
“The poor are at a greater disadvantage, as they are often the ones living on flood plains because they cannot afford better homes outside flood-prone areas or cannot afford electricity or clean and modern cooking fuels.
“Indigenous people, women and children and our senior citizens should also not be left out and whatever development plans are being taken should try to cater as much as possible to these vulnerable groups,” he said.
Earlier, Mrs Abiodun Essiet, Covenant of Mayors Sub Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) Focal Person and a special adviser to the immediate past chairman of AMAC added that the action plan would last for eight years.
“This launch is the outcome of what we have been doing for the past one and half years and, with this, we have an eight-year plan as a local government to address the issue of climate change, energy access and other things.
“Part of the things we do is to empower the staff of AMAC to be able to implement this project; we have also trained some of the staff who will be implementing this project,” she said.
Ms Venessa Vovor, Programme Coordinator, CoM SSA, Nigeria, congratulated the area council for developing an action plan that would tackle the effects of climate change.
“As CoM SSA, we are very proud of the works and actions being taken by AMAC and we are congratulating them (officials) now on this work.
“We are supporting AMAC in the development of further urban infrastructure project.
“So the launch of this plan is the beginning of a journey where we will actively continue to support them with the development of actions and we will be providing them with the necessary technical assistance,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that AMAC is a signatory to the Covenant of Mayors Sub Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) initiative.
It is a global alliance of municipal councils or local governments in Sub-Saharan Africa committed to taking voluntary action to combat climate change and providing sustainable energy access.
CoM SSA is an initiative funded by the European Union and co-implemented by GIZ.