By Sarah NEGEDU
The rehabilitation and upgrading of street lighting facilities within the Federal Capital City, FCC, will receive priority in 2022, the FCT administration has revealed.
FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, while presenting the 2022 National Budget to a Joint Senate and House Committees on the FCT, said the budget targets the sustained completion of 18 priority projects both within the FCC and the satellite towns.
Some of the priority projects the minister states, include the installation of solar street lights along various roads in the satellite towns; provision of roads, water and electricity supplies to the resettlement site of Galuwyi Shere (Phase II).
Other projects to receive priority include the design and construction of dam treatment plant, tanks and other bulk water supply infrastructure to Karshi Abuja Light Rail Transit Phase II and the Rehabilitation of Federal Government Buildings amongst others.
Speaking on the importance of some of the projects, Bello said the construction of the Mpape–Shere Galuwyi road is a bold initiative of the administration to ensure a successful resettlement process of original inhabitants in about 16 communities while the implementation of the Abuja Light rail Mass transit Phase II will fund the completion of a remaining 5.76km rail line thereby extending the rail line from Baizango to the Kubwa station.
The minister also said that the Greater Abuja Water supply project is a bilateral initiative to enhance water supply in the FCT and its implementation will extend the supply of potable water to 33 Districts covering Gwarimpa, 1 and 2, Utako, Dutse, Gudu Kaura, Wuye, Mabushi, Jahi, Kado, Karmo, Lokogoma, Kabusa, Dape amongst others.
The minister, last week, presented a N64,861,604,695.00 (Sixty-four billion, eight hundred and sixty-one million, six hundred and four thousand and six hundred and ninety-five naira) as 2022 National Priority Projects before the National Assembly.
According to the minister, this figure is contained in the 2022 Appropriation Bill presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on October 7, 2021.
He added that the national budget of the FCT leveraged the 2021-2022 Medium Term National Plan, MTNDP, of the Federal Government.
Bello also said that the priority of the MTNDP is the completion of on-going critical projects that will have the greatest impact on the citizenry and accordingly.
On the performance of the 2021 National Budget, the minister said the 2021 Appropriation Act had allocated the sum of N37, 430,762,421.00 for infrastructure development activities of the FCT Administration.
He revealed that a total sum of N30,147,069,087.06 has so far been released representing a budget performance of 81percent while the actual utilization as at September 30 2021 stood at N18,350, 329,852.46 representing 60 percent of the sum released.
The minister also disclosed that there was a need to increase the FCT’s budgetary allocation saying that the FCT should be considered as a national project. He also said that the FCT was performing well in its revenue generation drive as it was now only second to Lagos State in Internally Generated Revenue.