Funds Misappropriation: “We are open to public scrutiny”- Council

By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja.

Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).

Authority of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) in the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has declared the council’s internally generated revenue and government intervention programmes open to public scrutiny.

The Chairman of the Council, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, made this known while briefing journalists in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, on allegations of financial misappropriation against his administration by a group.

Candido noted that asking questions through appropriate channels of how public funds were spent was the best way of holding leaders accountable to the people.

He said that allegations of misappropriation of funds, disregard of public procurement act and abuse of office levelled against his administration by a civil society organisation remained untrue.

“The facts and the figures so produced by the protesters cannot stand because it was a lazy description of what is going on here.

“We do all we can to see that salaries are paid timely and projects are executed, so the N19 billion they claim we got from the JAAC Secretariat and our IGR can only be better imagined.

“I want to collectively inform you that this area council since this administration has made at least N9 billion put together and then about N6.1 billion has gone as salary, while the rest have been used to execute different projects.

“So I don’t know where these allegations are coming from but I want to urge the people of this council to feel free and walk into our audit and account departments and ask questions accordingly,” he said.

It could be recalled that on January 22, a civil society organisation by the name, Civil Society for Human Rights and Rehabilitation, protested alleged abuse of office by the AMAC chairman.

The group, in its petition submitted to the legislative arm of the council, alleged that the chairman was in the habit of granting contracts to his family members.

They also alleged that the present administration had refused to rehabilitate and renovate most of its dilapidated infrastructures.

Amaka E. Nliam