Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Minister to council chairs: Make your allocations public

The six area councils of the FCT have been advised to always make public, figures disbursed to them at the end of the monthly Joint Area Councils Allocation Committee meetings, for the purposes of accountability and transparency.

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, who gave the advice at the 146th meeting of the FCT Joint Area Councils Allocation Committee, JAAC, stated that such move would not only promote transparency, but also douse tension and suspicion among residents of the territory.

Aliyu, maintained that it is the obligation of government at all levels to explain how funds are being disbursed and expended in line with the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari's administration.

She stated that it has been the tradition of the federal government to publish all funds allocated to states and local governments, adding that the FCT Administration would not deviate from such exemplary leadership set by the federal government.

“In the past, funds disbursed to area councils were published for transparency and accountability, and I want that tradition to continue so that people will know want we receive and how their money is being expended.

“To me, this will greatly douse the tension and suspicion among residents that area councils are getting so much and doing nothing with the funds. Besides, if the federal government can publish a detail account of monthly allocations to states and local governments across the country, then the FCT Administration should follow that example set by the government at the centre,” she argued.

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has disbursed a total sum of N2.495,241,552.54 billion to the area councils and other stakeholders as its share of statutory allocation for the month of September 2020.

Out of this figure, the sum of N867,586,819.11 was made available for distribution to the six area councils, while the sum of N1, 627, 654, 733.43, was made available for other stakeholders, bringing the total to N2.495,241,552.54 billion.

The figure also shows that Abuja Municipal Area Council, received N194,908,566.24million, while Gwagwalada got N183,615,439.22million and Kuje received N115,354,553.64million.

Similarly, Bwari Area Council received N117,260,424.14million, Abaji got N136,062,102.45 million and Kwali received N120,385,733.42 million.

Distribution to other stakeholders includes, N1,268,373,922.70 billion to primary school teachers, 15 percent pension funds took N226, 478, 989.57million, 1 percent training fund gulped N24, 952, 415.53 million and 10 percent employer pension contribution took N107, 849, 405.63 million.



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