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Keke restrictions, one of most difficult decisions we took - FCT Minister
• As FCT presents 2020 budget of N232billion

16th Dec, 2019 | By Anthony Ogunleye | ||

Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has said that the restriction placed on commercial tricycle (known locally as 'keke') operators to certain parts of the city was one of the most difficult decisions that the FCT Administration (FCTA) had to make.

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. Malam Bello said that the decision was imperative because commercial tricycles by law should not operate on expressways and highways along with vehicles as they pose dangers to both passengers and riders.

Most roads within the Federal Capital City the Minister reiterated, were expressways and thus could not accommodate the presence of commercial tricycles and motorcycles. He, however, said that FCTA was not unmindful of the challenges commuters were facing as a result of the policy, revealing that strategies were being put in place to improve on the situation.

According to him, FCTA was working closely with the commercial tricycle association to explore the possibility of upgrading their operations to taxi cab. On the 2020 FCT statutory budget, Malam Bello said the FCT was proposing to spend the sum of N232, 875, 365, 947.00. This sum is made up of N53, 876, 241,095.00 (23.15%)as personnel cost, N57,070,343, 435.00 (24.52%) as overhead costs and a proposed capital expenditure of N121,928,781, 417.00 (52.35%) as capital expenditure.

The proposal also indicated reductions in personnel and overhead costs, with N53,876,241,095.00 proposed in the 2020 budget as against the N55,543,090,041.00 in 2019 for personnel and N57,070,343,435.00 as against N57,610,188,661.00 in 2019 for overhead. These figures represent a 2% and 0.93% decrease respectively. The sum of N121, 928,781,417.00 was proposed for capital expenditure in the 2020 budget of which N11, 550,000,000.00 is dedicated to the completion of the Light Rail project and other counterpart-funded related projects aimed at enhancing socio-economic activities in FCT.

Of the amount also, the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) got N40,282,958,388.00, Satellite Towns Development Agency (STDA) got N33,702,830,000.00 while Secretariats, Departments and Agencies (SDAs) got N47,942,993,029.00 for their capital expenditure to address critical areas like ongoing roads construction, water treatment plants and related facilities as well as a few new projects. On road infrastructure, the FCTA is proposing to spend the sum of N6, 145, 915, 689.00 for rehabilitation, expansion, extension and construction of six major roads which include the Outer Southern Expressway, Inner Southern Expressway, amongst others.

In the same vein, the sum of N33.7 billion has been earmarked for the provision of infrastructure in satellite towns while resettlement and compensation is expected to gulp the sum of N3.4 billion. The transportation sector was allocated the sum of N14, 889,210,813.00 out of which N9 billion is earmarked for the Abuja Light Rail project including the rolling stock and provisions for other phases.

The sum of N37, 446,803,606.00 was allocated to the education sector while the health sector has a proposed expenditure of N20, 621,096,204.00. The environmental sector has N7, 231,908,304.00 allocated to it while the water sector has N10, 558,087,603.00. Agriculture has a total of N5, 334, 526,456,00. The Minister also informed members of the National Assembly that the FCT Statutory Budget is funded from 1% of the 52.68% Statutory Allocation of the Federal Government from the Federation Account, internally generated revenue and other sources as contained in the Revenue Fiscal Framework for the execution of recurrent and capital expenditure in the FCT.

Malam Bello commended the lawmakers for their support for FCT Administration, while expressing hope that with more legislative and moral support, the challenges facing the FCT will be addressed. Earlier, in his opening remarks, chairman of the Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Abubakar Kyari said that the meeting was to deliberate with top management of FCT Administration on the provisions in the FCT 2020 statutory appropriation bill as well as assess the performance of the FCT 2019 statutory budget.

This, he said, would guide the committee in making provisions for and quick passage of the 2020 budget. The Minister was accompanied by the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu and other senior members of staff of the FCTA.

News Update

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.

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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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