Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Alleged infractions: Group wants AMAC chair impeached

A group under the aegis of Civil Society for Human Rights and Rehabilitation, has petitioned the legislative arm of Abuja Municipal Area Council in the territory to investigate an alleged infractions committed by the chairman of the council, Hon. Abdullahi Candido.

The group also accused the council Chairman of blatant disregard of relevant Appropriation Act, Procurement Act and other several infractions that could lead to impeachment if properly executed.

In a petition addressed to Speaker of the Council, dated January 22, 2020 and signed by the FCT Coordinator of the group, Comrade Joseph Jonah, said the infractions were targeted at creating an opaque financial regime that is unaccountable and unregulated.

The petitioners also accused the council boss of failure to furnish the National Assembly with quarterly status reports of the council’s statutory accounts, noting that such action is subject to investigation by the lawmakers and other relevant agencies of government.

The petition reads in part, “Contrary to clear provisions of the Appropriation Act, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, the council chairman has consistently and continuously failed, refused and neglected to furnish the National Assembly with quarterly status reports of the council’s statutory accounts. This refusal is bad and renders the chairman liable to be investigated and possibly impeached for two (2) reasons.

“First, it shrouds the finances of the council in secrecy thereby creating room for fraud, misappropriation and misuse of public funds. Secondly, the failure of a public official to obey and abide by very clear statutory provisions is in itself an impeachable offence.

“Our request in this circumstance is that you investigate this clear breach of the law with a view to protecting our institutions from unwarranted abuse.”

Other weighty allegations levelled against the chairman include grant of revenue generation appointments under shady circumstance and release of council funds or virements without legislative approvals:

“Our reviews of some of the awarded documents suggest that contracts were granted to family members, were not advertised, were not open to public scrutiny, no invitation of civil societies and journalists as observers and competition and bidding were granted under strangely enormous financial compensation

“For example, the grant of 35% of three (3) billion naira and the grant of 80% of recovered amount to the Recovery Agents while the council itself who is the real owner of the fund will only be entitled to a mere 20% is unacceptable to us," the petition affirmed.

Receiving the petitions from the group, the Speaker of AMAC legislative arms Mr Abubakar Boshe assured the group that the lawmakers will investigate the matter in questions and report back to the public.

Also reacting to the allegations, the Head of information unit in AMAC, Mrs Patience Olaloye while describing the petitions as baseless noted that all the dealings of the council is in the council domain.

“All these issues are baseless, so the residents of the council should please disregard the allegations (the issues being raised).

“We want to say that all these issues are baseless, if there is anything, that any person has found that it's not in order, it should be investigated. We believe that they should come to the Council to investigate some of these issues there are bringing forward.

“For instance, they are saying contracts have been awarded in the city Council are not been advertised, we want to say that's not true. Because we have evidence to show that all the contracts that are being awarded and the Council are duly advertised.”

Mrs Olaloye who lauded the Chairman in the area of infrastructural developments in the council hinted that, they protesters were out to distract the Chairman from delivery the dividend of democracy to the people.

 

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