Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCTA shares N2.6bn to area councils in January

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has disbursed the sum of 2.6 billion naira to the six area councils in the FCT and other stakeholders as its share of statutory allocation for the month of January. 

FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Christian Ohaa, made the disclosure in his office during the Joint Accounts Allocation Committee, JAAC. 

The permanent secretary charged the council chairmen to ensure the monies are used for payment of staff’s salaries and infrastructural development of their respective domains. 

Dwelling more on payment of workers’ salaries, the permanent secretary explained that prompt payment of salaries boosts electoral fortunes for political players in view of the ripple effects it creates. 

The breakdown of the allocation shows that Gwagwalada Area Council received the highest sum of N226 million, while Abuja Municipal Area Council got N221 million and Abaji Area Council received N183million. 

Similarly, Kuje Area Council got N167 million, while Bwari Area Council received N164 million and Kwali Area Council received N154 million. 

Furthermore, primary school teachers gulped N1.2 billion, 15 percent pension funds took N226 million, while 1percent training and 10 percent employer pension contribution gulped N107million.     


FCTA warns against arbitrary change of land use 

Developers in the Federal Capital Territory have been warned to desist from arbitrary change of land use or face prosecution and demolition. 


The director, FCT Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima, gave this warning while speaking to a section of the media during inspection of a property it had earlier sealed. 

The property, Crystal Oasis Limited, a beverage factory still under construction, after Gwagwalada Motor Park in Area 1, got approval for a warehouse, but has almost completed construction of a water producing company on the same location. 

Galadima insisted that unlawful change of land use by developers without recourse to the appropriate authority remained a serious contravention of building rules and guidelines, and is capable of attracting sanctions, including demolition if necessary conditions were not met. 

 The enforcement team of Development Control also visited and inspected other places, including Trinity Garden Wuse and Junkyard -near Musa YarAdua Center and warned them against abusing development control guidelines. 

He also used the opportunity to warn other developers and residents to always contact the Development Control department before commencing on any form of development in the nation's capital. 

Earlier, James Babagbale, who spoke for the contractor handling the project confirmed change of land use, but revealed that the contractor had the permission of Environment Ministry.   








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