Written by Sarah NEGEDU

AMAC vows to expose officials who divert palliative materials

Chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council, Hon. Abdullahi Candido, has threatened to expose any councilor caught diverting palliative items meant for vulnerable residents for their personal use.

Candido who gave the warning over the weekend, while receiving palliatives from the FCT Administration for AMAC wards of Jiwa, Gwagwa and Gui stressed that such move will not only attract the wrath of God, but also the people's and tarnish their political future.

He said: "We are here with the four councillors who are supposed to ensure distribution of palliatives to the people today. And having done two exercises that covered eight wards, we are so far contented that it has been peaceful. It behoves on me now to inform the four ward councillors left that they have a name to protect.

“It's not just about distribution of these palliatives; it has a name, they can as well get to places not just being councillors. But they cannot to those higher places unless they show commitment...and therefore what is expected of them is to ensure even distribution of these materials to tell vulnerable poor.

“On the part of AMAC, should any councillor, particularly this last set, allow his ward to get disrupted, by any means, sincerely we report them to the people and the government will not take it lightly with them.

“And we have to be prudent and make sure that AMAC, being a united Area Council, they will not just deliver the items to a particular set of people, but to all Nigerians within the communities, irrespective of religion or political affiliation. And that was the spirit behind the successes we recorded in the last three days since we began distribution in AMAC.

“It is therefore expected of all of them to guard and ensure that this distribution is done transparently, devoid of any reason that will deprive any deserving beneficiary. And if they fail to do that, we will expose them."

 

On the gradual relaxation of the lockdown order, Candido praised AMAC residents for so far being the most compliant in the whole of tbe FCT and appealed to them to key into government policy because it is all about our safety.

“In the past five weeks or so, AMAC residents have respected the order and stayed at home, I therefore appeal to them to observe physical distancing, use face masks and hand sanitizers as they come and let them avoid crowded areas.

“On the part of this Area Council, we will keep to necessary precautionary measures, including hygiene, and we will make sure that our entrance remain strict, allowing entrance into our secretariat only to staff on grace levels 14 and above, and we will not entertain visitors."

Gui ward councillor, Hon. Biko Sunday who spoke on behalf of his colleagues pledged that they would not disappoint the administration, but strictly follow laid down modalities of sharing the palliatives so that every poor person would get them.

“We are very happy with the government and we are very happy with the Hon. Chairman for this palliatives. We promise that we will work with the directive that has been put in place.  We will never allow our people to disappoint our chairman, neither we that are representing the four wards will disappoint him.

“We do not have any challenges, because all the tribes and other bodies are brought on board in my ward, and it is like that with the other wards too, so we are hopeful that everything will be successful," Biko said.

The FCT administration handed over two trucks each containing 3000 packs of rice and 3000 packs of condiments, totalling 6000 items per ward.

 

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