Written by Sarah NEGEDU

2021 budget: Reps receive FCTA N299.9bn proposal

The Federal Capital Territory Administration last week presented its N299.9billion budget estimate for 2021 fiscal year before the House of Representatives.

FCT Minister, Mal. Muhammad Bello who made the presentation before the House Committee on FCT, classified N215.9 billion out of the total figure as distributable revenue, while the balance of N84 billion was regarded as non-distributable revenue.

Bello who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration, Mr. Adesola Olusola, told the committee that the 2021 budget estimates represented an increase of over N100 billion from last year's revised statutory appropriation for the FCT.

He added that the projected increment was due to increased revenue drive and expected revenue from the now functional FCT-IRS, introduction of remita platforms, engagement of revenue collection consultants, as well as the launch of Accelerated Area Council and Sectional Title Re-Issuance Scheme, AACTRIS.

He also disclosed that about N163b, representing 54.6 per cent of the estimates was proposed for capital expenditure, while the balance of 45.4 percent, comprising personnel and overhead costs was earmarked for recurrent expenditure.

According to him, when compared with the 2020 budget, there is an increase of N101 billion representing 34 per cent.

Chairman, House Committee on FCT, Hon. Abdullahi Garba, who received the estimates on behalf of the lower chamber, however adjourned sitting for a future date.

Recall that the FCT Minister had earlier presented the budget estimate to the Senate Committee on FCT who promised to work towards increasing the estimates due to the enormity of work in the nation's capital


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