Written by Sarah NEGEDU

AMAC uncovers ghost workers on its payroll

Authorities Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, said they have uncovered the presence of ghost workers on their payroll, as some workers who have since moved to other jobs are illegally taking salaries from the council.

The chairman of the area council, Adamu Candido, who dropped the hint while signing the 2020 budget, said his administration is committed to removing all ghost workers from the payroll in order to free up funds for capital expenditure and reduce overhead cost of the Council.

He said, “We've taken a look at our payroll and discovered that some people (AMAC staff) are no more with us so we will identify them and have their names removed from our payroll, some of them have moved to other places.”

Candido therefore charged those in charge to promptly identify such names and put a stop to it immediately.

“Whoever is supporting them to take salaries without working, we will stop them because we cannot allow them to be collecting salaries in two places, it is cheating and it is not acceptable.”

The AMAC chairman, recently assented to the Council's over N8 billion budgetary proposals for the 2020 fiscal year. While describing it as a budget of actualization of promises made to the people, Candido noted that time was running out on his team to deliver on their promises.

In his words, “We have only two years to deliver and we have to leave substantial things for those to succeed us,” even as he tasked all his supervisory councillors and Special Assistants he wanted to see projects between 1st January and 20th May, 2020.

He also appreciated the AMAC legislative arm "For keeping sleepless nights to work on the budget in record time. We will not give up till we do the right things.

“I also call on our councillors to carry out healthy oversight and monitoring. Stand your ground. We are committed to ensure that the right things are done.”

“We also want to key into the Federal Government's Ease of Doing Business initiative. Well will key into the presidential encouragement to fast track processes of doing businesses, so that files do not spend months where they should not, where there are we overlappings, we will ensure that we right the wrongs.”

The AMAC Chair pointed that priority areas of focus to include infrastructure, especially standard roads in the communities, water supply, healthcare and other deliverables that could be of benefit to the people.

It could be recalled that AMAC legislature recently passed its 2020 budget to the tune of eight billion, seven hundred and five million, one hundred twenty-six thousand forty-nine Naira (N8,705,126,049) only.

The budget which represents a nominal increase of 3.43percent above the previous year's, had 51.52percent allocated to capital expenditure.

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