FCTA disburses N2.495bn to area councils, urges transparency, accountability

FCTA disburses N2.495bn to area councils, urges transparency, accountability

The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, says the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disbursed N2.495 billion to the six area councils and other stakeholders for the month of September.

 

Aliyu said this in a statement by her media aide, Mr Austine Elemue, on Sunday in Abuja.

 

She said that the money was disbursed at the 146th FCT Joint Area Councils Allocation Committee (JAAC) meeting.

 

The minister said that N867.9 million was disbursed to the six area councils, while other stakeholders received N1.268 billion.

 

“Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) received N194.9 million; Gwagwalada got N183.6 million, while Kuje received N115.4 million.

 

“Bwari Area Council received N117.3 million, Abaji got N136.1 million, while Kwali received N120.4 million,” she said.

 

Aliyu said that N1.628 billion, which was disbursed to other stakeholders, was given as 15 per cent pension fund, one per cent training fund and 10 per cent employee pension contribution.

 

The minister urged members of FCT JAAC to make the disbursed figures public, so as to promote accountability and transparency in governance.

 

“We are very committed towards promoting transparency; we need to be open to avoid suspicion and speculation.

 

“It is the obligation of government to explain how funds are disbursed and expended; this is in line with the agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration,” she said.

 

Aliyu underscored the determination of the FCTA to ensure utmost transparency in governance.

 

“We will not deviate from this practice, the people should know how we receive and spend their money,” she said.

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