AMAC blames unfavorable business environment for drop in revenue

 The Abuja Municipal Area Council( AMAC) Revenue Cordinator, Mr Awaje Danlami, has attributes  the decline in revenue collection to unfavorable business environment.Danlami said this on Monday at a Media retreat organised by AMAC with the theme: “The role of media in the next chapter: Revenue generation.”He said if the business environment was not favorable it would affect revenue generation and would also affect the development of the council.He said that every administration revolved around the availability of funds and if such funds were not there it would be difficult to meet the needs of the people“Sometimes when we go to collect revenue, some people keep begging and one can see that truly the person has not make any sales.”He said  that inspite of the allocation and revenue collected, it was difficult to do much in the area of development.According to him, the local governments, which are the ones closer to the people, are not getting adequate funding.“It is obvious the Local Government has wide areas of revenue but the fact remains that the machinery for collection and application is lacking.“Abuja is faced with wide range of developmental activities especially with the influx of people daily and they will require healthcare, roads, water, electricity, schools among others.”Danlami said the council was faced with challenges including inadequate revenue both internally generated and allocation from the federation account.He said that the influx of people into Abuja had led to the expenditure of the council increasing coupled with the economic decline.According to him, in other to meet the challenges, the council is focusing on revenue generation in the next chapter such as boosting and optimising existing revenue streams.He noted that the council was “fostering a culture of transparency and accountability, and developing a data-driven IGR PolicyHe added that it was “implementing a centralised payment collection platform and treasury single account to block leakages in addition to harmonized demand notice to be introduced.”He noted that one critical component of revenue generation in AMAC was the engagement of technical partners to aid revenue generation.“However, due to the activities of some of them, instead of adding valve to revenue generating efforts, they are aiding the decline of revenue accruing to the council.”He adviced that there should be a clear definition of the roles of technical partners while appealing that staff members should be empowered to do their job better.He stressed the urgent need to review the agreements and the redefinition of their roles so as to achieve efficiency in revenue generation.Danlami,  however, urged the media to partner the council in achieving its set objectives and goals.“The AMAC media have a big role to play in mobilising and educating citizens toward paying their revenue.”He said the media needed to be in constant touch with the revenue division so as to be abreast of the development in revenue generation.Mrs Patience Olaloye, Head, Public Relations, AMAC,  said the next chapter was a deliberate attempt by the chairman to strengthen infrastructural development for all the wards in the council.She said the infrastructure includes rural roads, water, electricity, education and healthcare which would have economic and social benefits for the people.She said no project was cited without consideration of its benefit to the people.She sad that the interest and needs of the community became the basis why they were carried along with their representatives.News Agency of Nigeria( NAN) reports that the council has over 100 villages across the 12 wards which includes: Garki, Gui, Gwagwa, Gwanrinpa, Karu, Karshi, Kabusa, Nyanya, Wuse, Jiwa, Orozo and the City Centre ward.

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