The authority of the Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, in the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has rolled out plans to honor past elected officials of the Council and as well place them on annual pension ranging from N200,000 to N500,000.
The Chairman of the Council, Alhaji Abdullahi Candido made this known while briefing journalists in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Candido, while assenting to a Bill, which was passed by the legislative arm for that purpose, added that those to be honored had in many ways contributed to the development of the Council in one way or the other.
According to the Chairman, “by far the most popular council in the country, AMAC is host to Nigeria’s seat of government and many other important national institutions”.
He added that the annual packages for past elected officials of the council would be N500,000 for elected Chairmen; N300,000 for elected Vice-Chairmen and N200,000 for elected Speakers.
Candido further said, “AMAC was created on the 1st of October, 1984 as an Administrative Area. Due to the status of Abuja, it then assumed the name Area Council in 1989 alongside others, basically to develop the local areas that form the FCT.
“Right from 1989, AMAC, therefore, has had elected officials running the affairs of the Council and bringing development in their own unique ways to the people of this Council. As it were, they have served this Council with their best efforts and nobility and left their footprints in the sands of time in AMAC”.
“To forget the contributions of these individuals that brought remarkable development to our high plane as it is today will be the greatest ill-treatment to these ambassadors. They are today heroes of this Council, and we wouldn’t allow their labour to be in vain.
“My administration has decided that these ones will be honoured annually in order to appreciate their unforgettable landmarks in the Council.
“A Bill in this respect was crafted and sent to the legislative arm for necessary deliberation and by the grace of Almighty God, this Bill has been critically examined by the legislators and found to be worthy of being gazetted and has been passed accordingly.”
The Chairman further stated that his administration would only honor ‘elected’ officials of the council from inception to date and that would be done annually.
“They are as follows: past elected Chairmen, who are six in number; past elected Vice Chairmen, who are seven in number and past elected Speakers who are nine in number,” Candido emphasised.