Written by Austine ELEMUE

2019 Appropriation: Candido signs N8.4bn AMAC budget

Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, Hon. Adamu Candido, has signed the 2019 appropriation bill into law. 

The event, which coincided with the first working day after his re-election for a second term in office, witnessed a large turnout of stakeholders. 

Candido assented to the appropriation bill in the tune of N8,416,186,995, barely three months after it was laid before the council legislative chamber. The appropriation law has a total capital expenditure of N4,355,645,619, representing 51.75 percent of the total sum. 

While assenting to the appropriation bill, Candido commended the legislature for the passage, thereby setting the pace of the effective execution of projects in the council. 

The AMAC chairman said with the assent to the budget, they are going to hit the ground running immediately. 

He however noted that the budget is to be protected, secured and defended by how much resources at the disposal of the council. 

According to him, "The budget by the grace of God like it has christened budget of hope, we intend to give the people of AMAC a new hope of life, fresh ideas and innovations, so that we will continue to provide service to the people. 

"We cannot make any good of this budget except we have abundant resources around. That's why in the last three months or so, we have been trying to reinvigorate our revenue division. 

"It's the responsibility of this administration to charge the office in particular to be on the speed lane of ensuring that revenue sources are encouraged to ensure that the business of partnership between us and those sources are respected." 

He continued: "If any payment has to be done, and there is no budgetary provision, it must put on hold until such provision is made. 

"For us, every kobo that belongs to this area council will be accounted for. We have a responsibility before our people and God that we are representing. We have to fight corruption to its knees, by ensuring that we blocked leakages in the system. 

"The resources are out there, and we must not complain as we have every reason to go all out to ensure that the resources that are meant for this area council are achieved." 

Also speaking, AMAC Head of Administration, Alhaji Ahmed Khana, who described the occasion as epoch making, commended the legislators for actually working assiduously to pass the budget into law.  

"In the last couple of months, our implementation with regards to the 25 percent allowed to be expended within the threshold was very low. This is because you cannot expend on capital if the budget is not assented to, so you only expend on recurrent. 

"That's why most of our contractors who come, we begin to actually appealed to them. But now that it has been assented by the chairman, we the career civil servants we begin to implement it," he assured. 

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