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Senate Approves N241 Billion Budget for FCT

Ayodele Afolabi, Abuja

ABUJA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Senate has approved the sum of N241,455,285,471 billion as budget for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for 2016 fiscal year.

From the amount, the sum of N52,982,280,360billion is for personnel costs; N34,388,260,823billion for overhead costs while the balance of N154,084,744,288 is for capital expenditure, representing 64 percent.

The budget was passed following the approval of the report of the Committee on FCT presented by Chairman of the Committee, Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West).

With the harmonised report of the Joint Committee on FCT from both chambers of the National Assembly, Senate’s passage of the budget and last week’s approval of the proposal by the lower house means the document will now be transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent, in line with constitutional provisions.

Melaye told journalists after plenary that 80 percent of capital expenditure of the budget was for completion of the ongoing projects.

He added that the 61 percent budget performance for 2015, would be surpassed in the implementation of the newly passed as he disclosed that his Committee has given a minimum of 85 to 90 percent budget performance for it.

Breakdown of the capital component shows that FCDA Engineering Services gets N70,596,313,220; Satellite Towns Development Agency (STDA), N21.754 billion; FCT administration, N2,767,750,001; FCT Water Board, N1,354,024,237; Abuja Environmental Protection Board, N1,065,024,237; Public Buildings, N12,393,559,931 while Resettlement and Compensation Department get N3,469,216,002.

Also, FCT Treasury gets N1.245 billion; Land Administration Department gets N474 million; FCT Directorate of Muslim Pilgrims Affairs receives N266,363,895 while FCT Directorate of Christian Pilgrims Affairs takes N160,909,264.

Similarly, Urban and Regional Planning gets N257,882,516; Survey and Mapping, N721,874,377; Mass Housing Department, N72,411,442; FCDA Procurement Department, N43,685,000; Engineering Design, N1,524,978,162; FCT Legal Secretariat, N34,351,055 while Area Council Secretariat gets N69,467,875.

Area Councils Service Commission gets N69,500,095; Transport Secretariat, N79,995,646; Road Traffic Services, N417,840,185; Bus Rapid Transit and Transport Regulations, N614,227,206; Department of Traffic Management N729,462,352; Department of Transportation, N15,530,168,440; Education Secretariat N1.325 billion; Agency for Mass Education N123,090,700; FCT Education Resource Centre, N111,710,402; FCT Universal Basic Education, N1,610,712,127; FCT Secondary Education Board, N899,453,500; FCT College of Education, Zuba, N325,241,867; FCT Agency for Science and Technology, N1,886,493,908 while FCT Scholarship Board gets N98,236,280.

The HHS Secretariat gets N1,490,543,480; School of Nursing and Midwifery receives N98,472,560; Public Health Department, N27,079,954; Health Planning Research and Statistics, N80,934,374; Health Management Board, N1,176,389,197; Primary Healthcare Development Board, N1,257,438,511.

Also, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, N904,390,072; FCT Agric Development Project, N160,566,668; Department of Agriculture, N60,689,875; Social Development Secretariat, N119,027,509; Welfare Department N53,434,486 while Sports Department gets N314,211,568.

The FCT Tourism Department gets N40,197,674; Gender Development Department, N438,366,135; Arts and Culture, N57,845,434; Youth Department, N78,434,486; Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, N209,659,669; Parks and Recreation, N163,913,162; Facilities Maintenance and Management, N1,861,832,536; FCT Urban Affairs, N45,728,020; Development Control Department, N275,000,649; Abuja Geographic Information Systems, N196,234,424; Department of Fire Service, N962,136,958; Department of Disaster Forecasting, Response and Mitigation, N653,772,873 while Department of Relief and Rehabilitation gets N120,214,664.


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