The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disbursed N3.5 billion to the six regional councils and other stakeholders as part of the statutory allocation for February.
This was announced by the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, who chaired the 163rd Joint Accounts Allocation Committee (JAAC) meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.
Aliyu explained that even though the increase in disbursements was minimal, the administration would continue to increase its revenue.
She said the figure showed a slight increase in revenue from N3,562,934,772.37 disbursed in January to N3,592,846,301.74 shared in February.
The minister noted that the figures indicated that the sum of N1,326,783,880.29 had been made available for distribution to the six regional councils.
She also said that the sum of N2,266,062,421.45 has been made available to other stakeholders, bringing the total sum to N3,592,846,301.74.
“However, distributions to regional councils show that Abuja City Council (AMAC) received N207,082,171.27, while Gwagwalada and Kuje received N233,585,596.80 and N248,339,395.40 respectively.
“Others include: Bwari Regional Council, N215 077 684.57; Abaji, N217,669,671.27 and Kwali, N205,029,360.98, bringing the total sum to N1,326,783,880.29 disbursed to the six regional councils,” she said.
Aliyu said the distribution to other stakeholders included: primary school teachers, N1,895,805,563.23; 15% pension fund, N226,478,989.57; training fund of 1%, N35,928,463.02 and employer pension contribution of 10%, N107,849,405.63, all totaling N2,266,062,421.
She did, however, express concerns about the bureaucratic delay in hiring new cleaning contractors in some areas.
The Minister appealed to the FCTA Permanent Secretary and the Satellite Towns Development Department to expedite action on the matter.
Aliyu, who called for more commitment and synergy from all stakeholders, however commended them for their understanding in distributing the monthly allocation to regional councils and other stakeholders.
Present at 163rd The JAAC meeting was comprised of FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola and Regional Council Services Mandate Secretary, Malam Abubakar Ibrahim Dantsoho.
Federal Commissioner, representing FCT in Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Tax Commission, Mr. Tanko Abari, Chairman of Gwagwalada Regional Council, Adamu Mustapha and Chairman of Abuja City Council, Abudullahi Candido, were also present.
Others included: Presidents of Bwari, Kwali and Abaji Regional Councils, John Gabaya, Danladi Chiya and Abdulrahaman Ajiya respectively. (NOPE)