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Senate bemoans dwindling allocation to FCT
• As Bello presents N45bn 2021 National Priority Capital Budget

15th Nov, 2020 | By Anthony Ogunleye | ||

Senate has lamented a situation where the annual budgetary allocation to Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has declined over the years. Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Abubakar Kyari, noted this last week when FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, presented the FCT 2021 National Priority Capital Budget to the Committee. Senator Kyari added that his Committee, in discharging its duties, will be transparent, fair, courageous and always be guided by the dictates of the Constitution and rules of parliamentary convention.

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is to spend the sum of N45, 527, 118,338 for its 2021 National Priority Capital projects. Disclosing this during the budget presentation, the FCT Minister said the figure is contained in the 2021 Appropriation Bill presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly on 8 October, 2020. The Minister said that the allocation is to sustain the implementation of critical projects both in the Federal Capital City (FCC) and satellite towns. Malam Bello also presented a list of 28 proposed priority projects to be funded from the budgetary proposal which, he said, is intended for the completion of on-going projects.

His words: "In their selection, priority of attention was accorded to the completion of ongoing projects. Accordingly, the entire projects in the 2021 budgets are for ongoing projects." Some of the projects to be funded from the budget proposal include the construction of the Southern Parkway from the Christian Center to Ring Road One; rehabilitation and expansion of the Outer Northern Expressway Project Lot II (Kubwa Road from the Federal Civil Service College to the Villa Roundabout); rehabilitation and expansion of the Airport Expressway (project Lot I) and the completion of the International Vocational Institute, Utako, as well as four comprehensive Science and Technical Colleges in Abaji, Gwagwalada, Kuje and Karshi.

Others include provision of engineering infrastructure to Bwari Area Council; rehabilitation of the National Assembly complex; design and construction of the Nigeria Cultural Center and Millennium Tower; and development of Idu Industrial Area engineering infrastructure. The Minister also disclosed that in the case of the Millennium Tower project, the Administration was working on a number of hybrid financing options to complete it, which will include an appropriate dose of public/private partnership. This is to ensure the commencement of commercial activities at the national monument. Speaking on the 2020 budget, the Minister said its performance was impacted by outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He revealed that the pandemic necessitated downward review of the initial allocation of N62, 407,154,360.00 to N29, 657,154,360.00. Of this sum, he said, N15, 000,000,000.00, representing 51%, has so far been released. On the entourage of the Minister to the National Assembly were the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr. Olusade Adesola; Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin, and other senior relevant staff of FCTA.

News Update

Malam Bello made the call while decorating his newly-promoted Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Ahmed Rasheed, and three other officers in his security team with their new ranks.

The Chief of Medical Service, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Gideon Bako, said that NAF had been supplying oxygen to hospitals across the country since the emergence of COVID-19 in 2020.

"Explaining the debilitating effects of the pandemic on virtually all aspects of human endeavour globally, Mallam Abdulrazaq stated that Covid-19 did not, however, stop the Secretariat from delivering quality service to FCT residents.

The Administration cited illegality in the location of the farms, adding that the farms were built on an area designated for Kubwa District Centre and other parts to individuals for residential purposes.


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