By Ben Adoga
Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disbursed the sum of N2.3 billion to the six area councils in the FCT and other stakeholders as their share of statutory allocation for the month of April.
The figures show an increase of N100 million over that of for March.
In a press statement by Tony Odey, Press Secretary to the FCT Permanent Secretary stated that the Perm Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa on Friday at the Joint Accounts Allocation Committee (JAAC) meeting in his office at Area 11, Garki, Abuja tasked the council Chairmen to ensure judicious utilization of funds disbursed to the councils.
He further harped on the need for the council chairmen to redouble their efforts towards providing improved services to the people at the grassroots level.
The figure shows that Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) received N198 million, while Gwagwalada got N181 million and Kuje received N156 million.
Similarly, Bwari Area Council received N150million, Abaji got N143 million and Kwali received N135 million.
Other statutory deductions included: Primary school Teachers, which gulped N1 billion; 15% Pension Funds took N226 million; 1% Training Fund gulped N23 million while 10% Employer Pension Contribution was also deducted.
In his remarks, the Chairman of Kwali Area Council, who also double as the Chairman of FCT Chapter of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Mr. Joseph Kwali Shazin assured the FCT Administration that the area councils would ensure the funds are prudently utilized.