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FCT councils’ allocations drop as FCTA disburses N2.64bn for August

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disbursed N2,648,651,923.16 billion to the six area councils in the FCT and other stakeholders as statutory allocation for…

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disbursed N2,648,651,923.16 billion to the six area councils in the FCT and other stakeholders as statutory allocation for August, 2022.

City & Crime reports that the figure represents 8.41712 per cent decline as against the N2,892,081,930.29bn disbursed to the area councils and other stakeholders in July, 2022.

The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who presided over the 169th Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) meeting, used the occasion to task the area council chairmen to make judicious use of the allocation despite the shortfall.

Aliyu also emphasised on the need to improve sanitation and primary healthcare in the area councils, especially now that political campaigns had been declared open.

The minister said, “I know the revenue allocation for this month is small, but you should make judicious use of what you have.

“I say this because this is the era of political campaigns, whereby opponents are out to seize every little opportunity to blackmail those in power. Therefore, I urge you to pay attention to sanitation and primary healthcare in the area councils.”

The breakdown of the figures released during the meeting indicates that N370,280,634.39m was made available for distribution to the six area councils, while N2,278,371,288.77bn was made available to other stakeholders; bringing the total sum to N2,648,651,923.16bn. 

Similarly, distributions to the area councils show that the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) received N77,916,414.47m, Gwagwalada got N52,800,000.91m and Kuje received N91,066,291.32m.

Bwari Area Council received N47,017,877.83m, Abaji got N59,050,970.93m and Kwali received N42,429,078.93m.

Distribution to the other stakeholders include primary school teachers which gulped N1,917,556,374.33bn, 15 per cent pension funds took N226,478,989.57m, one per cent training fund gulped N26,486,519.24m, while 10 per cent employer pension contribution gulped N107,849,405.63m.