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FCTA disburses N3.8bn allocation to Area Councils, stakeholders

Mar, 2021 | By Austine Elemue| ||

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disbursed a total sum of N3, 825,254,760.45 billion to the six Area Councils in FCT and other stakeholders as their share of statutory allocation for January, 2021. Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who presided over the 150th Joint Area Councils Allocation Committee (JAAC), where the news broke, stated that despite numerous challenges, FCTA recorded growth in allocations to the Councils.

Out of the figure, the sum of N2, 184,299,894.92 billion was made available for distribution to the Area Councils, while the sum of N1, 640,954,865.53 billion was handed to other stakeholders, bringing the total sum to N3, 825,254,760.45 billion.

The figure also showed that
Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) received N406, 026,452.03 million, while Gwagwalada smiled home with N404, 788,308.23 million
and Kuje received N336, 657,589.34 million. Similarly, Bwari Area Council received N336, 576,495.80 million, Abaji, N359, 109,676.09 million
and Kwali, N341, 141,373.43 million.

Furthermore, distribution to other stakeholders included primary teachers which gulped N1,268, 373, 922.70 billion, 15 per cent pension funds took N226, 478, 989.57 million, one per cent training fund gulped N38,252,547.63 million and 10 per cent Employer Pension Contribution was handed N107, 849, 405.63 million.

The Minister of State who commended the outcome of the JAAC meeting, also informed members that the meeting was not only a platform for disbursement of funds to the Councils, but also a platform to address challenges facing them (Councils). Aliyu used the occasion to task the Area Council Staff Pension Board to scale up its activities in ensuring regular payment of pensioners, saying "retirement should not be a burden for our senior citizens." She thanked all members of JAAC for their contributions towards the success recorded in January, 2021 just as she tasked them to do more.

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