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FCTA disburses N1.9billion to area councils.

By Niyi Maraiyesa

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration has disbursed a total sum of N1,908,624,617.57 billion to the six Area Councils in the FCT and other stakeholders as its share of statutory allocation for the month of October 2020.  

The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who presided over the 147th Joint Area Councils Allocation Committee(JAAC)meeting, Monday in Abuja also used the occasion to appeal to chairmen of the area councils to critically look into their wage bills by ensuring that officials without portfolios are jettisoned with a view to reducing the financial burden on the system.  

“It is high time we take the bull by the horn and face the reality. If there are some people we bring on board for political consideration, this is the right time to call them and explain to them. We have to tell ourselves the basic truth. With the dwindling revenue generation it will be difficult for the area councils to function optimally.”

Aliyu appealed to the Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage ( DOAS) and the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) to ensure that pending cases in court regarding revenue generation are resolved amicably.  

“On this note, I want to also appeal to the Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage (DOAS)  and the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) to resolve their feud because it has impacted negatively on the revenue base. There is need to strengthen our institutions so that they outlived us,” she affirmed.  

Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), received N460,108,940.35 million, while Gwagwalada got N294,512,344.32 million and Kuje received N284,029,534.73 million. Similarly, Bwari Area Council received N317,895,292.29 million, Abaji got N266,252,308.25 million and Kwali received N285,826,647.63 million.  

Furthermore, distribution to other stakeholders include: Primary Teachers which gulped N1,268,373,922.70 billion, 15 percent Pension Funds took N226, 478, 989.57 million, 1 percent Training Fund gulped N19, 086, 246.18 million and 10 percent Employer Pension Contribution gulped N107, 849, 405.63 million.  

The sum of N1,621,788, 564.08, was made available for other stakeholders, bringing the total to N1,908,624,617.57 billion.  


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