FCTA shares N3.6bn as statutory allocation to six Area Councils, Stakeholders

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By Joyce Remi- Babayeju

The Federal Capital Territory Administration today disbursed a total sum of N3,668,506,659.36billion as statutory allocation to the six Area Councils in the FCT and other stakeholders for the month of December 2021.

In a release signed by Austine Elemue, SA Media to Minister of State made available to Daybreak the figure indicates a decline in revenue from N3,726,007,503.49billion disbursed in the month of November to N3,668,506,659.36billion in the month of December, representing about 1.54 percent decrease.

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu who presided over the 161st Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC), commended all stakeholders for their cooperation, despite challenges recorded in the past..

The statement read, The figures released also indicate that the sum of N1,615,340,273.24billion was made available for distribution to the six area councils, while the sum of N2,053,166,386.12billion was made available to other stakeholders, bringing the total sum to N3,668,506,659.36billion.

Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), received N328,034,790.92million, while Gwagwalada got N284, 273, 669.49million and Kuje received N259,674,786.45million.

Other area councils include, Bwari Area Council received N250,649,903.10million, Abaji got N250,646,804.73million and Kwali received N242,060,318.55million bringing the total sum to N1,668,506,659.36billion disbursed to the six area councils.

Furthermore, distribution to other stakeholders include: Primary School Teachers which gulped N1,682,152,924.31billion, 15 percent Pension Funds took N226,478,989.57 million, One percent Training Fund gulped N36,685,066.61million, while 10 percent Employer Pension Contribution gulped N107,849,405.63million, bringing the total sum to N2,053,166,386.12billion.

Mainwhile, the minister pointed out that the ongoing FCT primary school teachers strike over the nonpayment of promotion arrears since 2013 arrears predates the present administration.

She assured the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) that a 7- Man Committee has been set up to operate a workable template to offset the debts for over a period of time.

She said, “our primary school teachers are at home over the nonpayment of their arrears that predates this administration. However, the quality of a good leader is to take responsibility, and we must work out ways to resolve this protracted issue. Workable template to offset the debts over a period of time has been put in place, and a seven man committee to look into the operation of the template will be set up.”

Present at the 161st Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC), meeting were the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, Hon. Adamu Mustapha, Mandate Secretary Area Council Services, Malam Ibrahim Abubakar Dantsoho, FCT NUT Chairman, Comrade Stephen KnabayI, amongst others.

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