Providing rural infrastructure my top priority – Kuje chairman
Alhaji Abdullahi D. Galadima, Chairman of Kuje Area Council, in this exclusive interview, speaks on providing rural infrastructure, the council’s decision to audit the Local Education Authority (LEA) account, screen council staff and traditional rulers on the council’s payroll, among other issues. Excerpts:
mandate, I will try my best to ensure that roads, water, bridges/culverts and health care centres are provided for them.
This is why I said earlier that my priority as soon as things start improving will be rural infrastructure. In fact, virtually 75 percent of the rural people in Kuje lack access to potable drinking water. The worst is Rubochi village, because if you see the kind of water they drink, you will shed tears, except now that we are in the rainy season that they can have some relief. Pangu villagers also need water badly. We are going to leadership of this area council, we met ‘bogus’ liabilities to the extent that the council has not been able to pay workers’ salaries for two months. Based on what we saw, we believed there are ghost workers, which is why we can’t even pay staff salaries. Let me tell you what I discovered from the ongoing staff screening exercise. A single staff is collecting 17 persons’ salaries. This is apart from those who collect salary every month without coming to work. If this is not properly checked, time will come when the council may not have money to pay even
Alhaji Abdullahi D. Galadima