The chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Hon Christopher Zakka Maikalangu, has commended the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike’s developmental stride, for reactivating projects abandoned some 30 years ago.
Maikalangu, who made this known yesterday at a media parley, also dismissed the fear over multiple taxation in the FCT, saying the issue would be trashed out at a meeting with the minister, where such exists. He explained that council chairmen do not operate so much in the city centre, but focus more on rural areas where government presence is not felt so much.
“For us as an administration, our intention has been in the areas of providing light and roads. For instance, we don’t have billions to embark on electricity project. “All we do is to ensure the installation of the solar power, and the people are enjoying it. We ensure constant maintenance of this infrastructure. We are doing our best and we shall continue to do our best for the people on whose mandate we are here,” he said.
Maikalangu said that road construction is a priority project because this brings about access to development. “For instance, some of the project include the construction of roads within Kpegyi community; Damagaza village; Wumba village, and Gwagwa (by Police Station). “In addition, we have fully completed the Dutsen-Garki; Jikoyi, Unguwan Sarki access road (Orozo), Mabushi ongoing access road, as well as the Iddo-Sarki access road project, Gosa, Toge ongoing road construction,” he said.
The chairman, while speaking on the tenement rate and ground rent initiative by the FCT minister, said the FCT Minister is doing well, that they are in support of it. “We are together on this. The minister is somebody I have known for some time and he has history of success in whatever task he is given.
“I can assure you that the issue of multiple taxes will be out of it. We are aware of that and this will be discussed during our meeting with the honourable minister. Where there are similarities, we intend to harmonise this. FCT needs money, it won’t survive without tax. “I think the most important thing is what people do with money, and you can see that the minister is doing tremendously well with the tax he is collecting.
“So, while the minister deserves every support that can be mustered, I want to also plead with you senior journalists that are here with me to give is necessary support so we can deliver on our mandate,” he said. Also, the AMAC secretary, Jafar Gwagwa, commended the council boss for initiating what he called people-oriented projects.“For Maikalangu, he is always ready to expend the available resources on projects, especially roads.”