Daily Trust (Abuja)

22 January 2013

Nigeria: AMAC Chairman Warns Against Dissolving Area Councils

The chairman of Abuja Municipal Area council (AMAC), Micah Y. Jiba, has criticized suggestions in some quarters to dissolve the six elected council chairmen in FCT and replace them with caretaker committees. The chairman, who spoke to journalists in Abuja at the weekend during a town hall meeting, said the decision is unconstitutional and will be injurious to grassroots politics.

"FCT area councils has done massively well in terms of rural development and road construction even with the little amount they collect from the FCT Administration as federal allocation," he said.

Jiba urged the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Muhammed, to continue with his developmental projects and resist any advice capable of destroying the good work he has done in the territory.

He said some of the projects done by the council are sometimes misunderstood as project of the FCTA. "In most of the communities visited during the media project tour of the council, journalists saw rural electrification projects, water projects, health care projects and road projects in the 12 wards of the council."

Projects assessed were three blocks of classroom with 75 school desks at Kuchingoro, health care centre at Gofinda as well as Dakwa communities, 500 KVA transformers at Wumba and Dutse communities, among others.

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