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Minister canvasses 10-yr special funding for Abuja

By Guardian Nigeria
10 November 2021   |   2:53 am
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello, has canvassed a 10-year special funding arrangement to fast-track infrastructure development in Abuja.

FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello, has canvassed a 10-year special funding arrangement to fast-track infrastructure development in Abuja.

The minister, who spoke when he and other officials appeared before the Senator Abubakar Kyari-led Joint Senate Committee on FCT to defend the territory’s 2022 budget yesterday in Abuja, observed that the measure was to ensure completion of several projects spread across the federal capital.

The minister said he had already met with officials of the Revenue Mobilsation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to achieve the goal.

Bello disclosed that there were no fewer than 137 projects requiring an expenditure of over N800 billion to execute.

The Adamawa State-born official, who was responding to an inquiry by Wole Oke as to whether the capital releases to his ministry were adequate stated: “Obviously, the allocations to the FCT have not been adequate and it is something we have been struggling for with members of the National Assembly.

“This morning (yesterday), I was at the RMAFC and I passionately appeal to them to realise what Abuja means to Nigeria. So, a special allocation has to be made to Abuja directly even if it is for a certain period of time.”

Bello continued: “I also told them that among the FCDA, FCT and Satellite Town Development Authority, we are sitting on certificates unpaid to the tune of N81 billion.

“As we are sitting here now, for those of you who know the city very well, we have about five bridges under construction. You go to Wuye now, we are trying to link up Wuse District and Wuye District and that bridge needs to be constructed. That is going to be a game-changer. You go to Park Way Area 1 in Garki, we are trying to link up Garki District with Kaura District.”