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FCTA disburses over N13b to six councils in 27 months

FCTA disburses over N13b to six councils in 27 months

The Federal Capital Ter­ritory Administration (FCTA) has disbursed over N13 billion to area coun­cils in the last two years and two months.
This disclosure was made by Joshua Kaura, FCTA Secretary for Area Councils Services Sec­retariat (ACSS) while briefing the press in Abuja on the occa­sion of their midterm interface with the media.
He said though the Secretariat was a policy and service provi­sion organ, not a construction arm, it facilitates social, political and physical development of the Territory.
Listing some of the major achievements of the Secretariat within the period under consid­eration, Kaura said it has been “providing secretarial services to JAAC (Joint Account Allocation Committee) meetings and other activities with its sub-commit­tees through which the sum of N13, 828, 010, 037. 06 was dis­bursed to the six FCT area coun­cils from January, 2015 to April, 2017. It has equally coordinated issues relating to internally gen­erated revenue in the area coun­cils, he said.
According to him, the secre­tariat also, within this period, audited Local Education Au­thority (LEA) staff, harmoniza­tion of area councils’ environ­mental sanitation by-laws, as well as intervention in the recent flood incidents that hit Kwali, Kuje and Abaji councils.
He said it was the Secretariat that facilitated the release of N1.9 billion bailout funds to all the councils for the settlement of their salary arrears for 2015 and has successfully carried out peaceful resolution in the peti­tion of Balio Nig. Ltd against Bwari Area Council; spearhead­ed evacuation of Nibrass Huda Islamic sect out of the FCT, carried out sensitisation on voter registration and mobilised about 350 applicants across the councils to benefit from nation­al industrial skills development programme (NISDP).
The Acting Secretary also disclosed that the ACSS inter­vened in an impending com­munal clash between MTN and a community in Wumba dis­trict, AMAC over non-payment of compensation; and stopped the indiscriminate installa­tion of traditional rulers in the FCT, and as well resolved about 37 chieftaincy and communal clash-related threats to peace and security in FCT.
The ACSS boss challenged the area councils to do more in the area of environmental sanitation and recommended what he called collective action as “sanitation is not a one man’s business” saying that residents have a lot to do.
Information and Commu­nications Director, Mrs. Stella Ojeme who also spoke on this issue urged residents to change their attitude and dump refuse in the giant bins provided by the Abuja Environmental Protec­tion Board (AEPB), decrying that even where bins are provid­ed, residents preferred dumping the refuse outside the bins.

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