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Senate passes N222bn budget for FCT

The Senate yesterday approved N222.3 billion for 2017 Federal Capital Territory budget.

The passage of the FCT budget followed consideration of the Senate Committee on FCT report presented by Senator Dino Melaye, the chairman of the Committee.

Presenting the report for consideration, Melaye explained that the budget for personnel cost was intended to cushion the effect of the promotion, yearly increment  and engagement of new but essential staff, Such sector as Health, Education, Directorate of Road Traffic Services for Traffic Management and Abuja Environment Protection Board for city cleaning.

He added that personnel cost in the budget constitute 23.64% of the FCT statutory budget proposal, while the overhead costs constitute 18.20 % of the FCT 2017 budget, while the capital budget is 58% of the total budget.

On the overhead costs, he said the provision in the budget is to enhance the operational cost of secretariat, Department and Agencies (SDAs) in order to improve performance and meet up with revenue target.

Melaye said the budget also made provision for some critical services such as security, city cleaning, traffic management, chemicals for water treatment, etc.

Enumerating various capital project that would be done in the 2017 FCT budget, Melaye  said projects like expansion of Airport and Kubwa expressways, provision of infrastructure to ongoing  districts such as Jahi, Wuye, Maitama Extension and Abuja North West, Mbora, Kyami and Kabusa Garden, etc.

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