Area Councils Allocation Drops By 8.4% 

*** As FCTA disburses N2,648,651,923.16Bn to area councils, stakeholders

By Amuda Dan Sulaiman Fab

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has disbursed a total sum of N2,648,651,923.16billion to the six Area Councils in the FCT and other stakeholders as its share of statutory allocation for the month of August, 2022.

This figure represents 8.41712 percent decline, as against the N2,892,081,930.29Billion disbursed to area councils and other stakeholders in the month of July, 2022.

FCTMinister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who presided over the 169th Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC), meeting used the occasion to task the area council chairmen to make judicious use of the allocation despite the short-fall.

Aliyu, also emphasised on the need to improve sanitation and primary healthcare in the area councils, especially now that political campaigns are declared open.

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The minister said; “I know the revenue allocation for this month is small, but you should make judicious use of what you have.

“I say this because this is the era of political campaigns whereby opponents are out to seize every little opportunity to blackmail those in power. Therefore, I urge you to pay attention to sanitation and primary healthcare in the area councils”.

However, a breakdown of the figures released during the JAAC meeting indicate that the sum of N370,280,634.39million was made available for distribution to the six area councils, while the sum of N2,278,371,288.77billion was made available to other stakeholders, bringing the total sum to N2,648,651,923.16billion.

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Similarly, distributions to area councils show that the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), received N77,916,414.47million, while Gwagwalada got N52,800,000.91million and Kuje received N91,066,291.32million.

Other area councils include, Bwari Area Council which received N47,017,877.83million, Abaji got N59,050,970.93million while Kwali received N42,429,078.93million, bringing the total sum to N370,280,634.39million disbursed to the six area councils.

On the other hand, distribution to other critical stakeholders include: Primary School Teachers which gulped N1,917,556,374.33billion, 15 percent Pension Funds took N226,478,989.57million, One percent Training Fund gulped N26,486,519.24million, while 10 percent Employer Pension Contribution gulped N107,849,405.63million, bringing the total sum to N2,278,371,288.77billion.

Those present at the 169th Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC), meeting include the representative of FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, Director Human Resource Management Mallam Mohammed Bashir, Mandate Secretary Area Council Services, Hon. Ibrahim Abubakar Dantsoho, FCT representative in Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Mallam Abubakar Hussain, and Director Finance and Administration FCT Area Council Services Secretariat, Mrs. Omolola Olanipekun.

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Others include the chairman Abaji Area Council, Hon. Abubakar Abdullahi, Chairman of Kwali Area Council, Hon. Danladi Chiya, Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, Hon. Christopher Zaka, Chairman of Kuje Area Council, Hon. Abdullahi Sabo, Vice Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, Hon. Saidu Abdullahi, amongst others.

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