Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCT area councils N2.3bn in April

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has disbursed N2.3 billion to the six area councils as their statutory allocation for the month of April. 

The figures show an increment of N100 million representing .1 percent over the figure for the month of March. 

FCT permanent secretary, Mr. Christian Ohaa, who dropped the hint last Friday in his office during the Joint Account and Allocation Committee, JAAC, meeting, tasked the council chairmen to ensure judicious utilization of the funds disbursed. 

He further harped on the need for the council chairmen to redouble their efforts towards providing improved services to the people at the grassroots level in demonstration of the gains of the Change Agenda of the present administration. 

The figure shows that Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, received N198 million, while Gwagwalada got N181million and Kuje received N156million. 

Similarly, Bwari Area Council received N150million, Abaji got N143 million and Kwali received N135million. 

Other statutory deductions from the release include: primary school teachers gulped N1 billion, 15 percent pension funds took N226 million, 1percent training fund got N23 million and 10 percent employer pension contribution. 

In his remarks, the chairman of Kwali area council, who is also the chairman of FCT Chapter of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, Hon. Joseph Shazin, thanked the management of the FCT Administration for always ensuring that all the area councils get their allocations in full and good time and assured that the area councils would ensure the funds are prudently utilized. 

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