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  •  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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AMAC Chairman condoles with FCT Minister of State over mother’s death
     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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AMAC Chairman condoles with FCT Minister of State over mother’s death
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    AMAC Chairman condoles with FCT Minister of State over mother’s death

    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.

    ’’
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  •  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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AMAC, Moroccan Council, sign agreement on local govt development
     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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AMAC, Moroccan Council, sign agreement on local govt development
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    AMAC, Moroccan Council, sign agreement on local govt development

    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.


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  •  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 nannnews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NUJ FCT council partners AMAC on citizens’ obligation advocacy
     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 nannnews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NUJ FCT council partners AMAC on citizens’ obligation advocacy
    General news1 month ago

    NUJ FCT council partners AMAC on citizens’ obligation advocacy

    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.

    nannnews.


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  •  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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FCT Tribunal judgment: We will appeal, says AMAC chairman
     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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FCT Tribunal judgment: We will appeal, says AMAC chairman
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    FCT Tribunal judgment: We will appeal, says AMAC chairman

    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.


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  •  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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group lauds AMAC for operating ‘citizen-centric’ administration
     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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group lauds AMAC for operating ‘citizen-centric’ administration
    General news2 months ago

    Group lauds AMAC for operating ‘citizen-centric’ administration

    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.

    .

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Climate Change: AMAC launches SEACAP project
     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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Climate Change: AMAC launches SEACAP project
    General news3 months ago

    Climate Change: AMAC launches SEACAP project

    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.


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