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Reps may pass N232b 2020 FCT budget this week

16th Dec, 2019 | By Wisdom Acka | ||

There are strong indications that the 2020 budget proposals for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) could be passed into law this week. Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila gave the indication last week while ruling after debate for the 2020 FCT Appropriation Bill to be read for the second time.

Gbajabiamila charged the Committee on the FCT and members of the House to work hard so as pass the bill (budget) before proceeding on Christmas and New Year's Day break next week. Acting Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Peter Akpatason, while moving for the bill to be read for the second time, said it was "a Bill for an Act to authorize the Issue from the Federal Capital Territory Administration Statutory Revenue Fund of the Federal Capital Territory Administration Account, the Total Sum of N232,875,365,947.00 (Two Hundred and Thirty-Two Billion, Eight Hundred and Seventy-Five Million, Three Hundred and Sixty Five Thousand, Nine Hundred and Forty-Seven Naira) only.''

According to him, from the total estimates, "the sum of N53,876,241,095.00 (Fifty Three Billion, Eight Hundred and Seventy-Six Million, Two Hundred and Forty-One Thousand and Ninety-Five Naira) only, is for Personnel Costs and the sum of N57,070,343,435.00 (Fifty-Seven Billion and Seventy Million, Three Hundred and Forty-Three Thousand, Four Hundred and Thirty-Five Naira) Only, is for Overhead Costs.

"The balance of N121,928,781,417.00 (One Hundred and Twenty-One Billion, Nine Hundred and Twenty Eight Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty-One Thousand, Four Hundred and Seventeen Naira) only, is for Capital Projects for the Service of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for the financial year ending on 31 December 2020."

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The Minister said this during the presentation of FCT 2020 statutory budget to the joint sitting of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the FCT.

To ensure strict compliance with the Abuja Master Plan and permanently tackle traffic situation within Gwarinpa the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it would remove no fewer than 850 makeshift shops/houses (popularly called 'batchers') and shanties along the N16 road.

Speaking to journalists last week during commencement of sitting of a mobile court at the head office of Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), popularly called Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), in Mabushi, Abuja, authorities of the organization defended the establishment of the court saying it was set up by FCTA to decide the fate of traffic offenders.

Ahead of the planned revocation of plots of land situated in serviced areas of Federal Capital City (FCC), the FCT Administration (FCTA) has inaugurated a task team to holistically verify all identified undeveloped plots of land where infrastructure has already been provided.

Malam Bello made the pledge when he received a delegation of the FCT Sharia Court of Appeal led by the Grand Khadi, Justice Ibrahim Rufa'i Imam who was on a courtesy visit to FCTA.

Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, made the clarion call and promised to reward such corps members who distinguish themselves during the one-year mandatory service..


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