The Chairman senate Committee on FCT, Senator Abubakar Kyari has said that the 64 billion naira appropriated for the FCT Administration in the 2022 budget is grossly inadequate for successful execution of projects across the six area councils.
Senator Abubakar Kyari stated this while presenting FCT harmonisation report before the committee on Appropriations in Abuja.
Senator Abubakar Kyari opined that though there is an increase in the budget to the tune of 33 billion naira when compared to 2021 Appropriation which was 31 billion naira, the budget can be said to be grossly inadequate.
The Senator said this is so because, 31 billion naira is deducted as counterpart funding from the 64 billion naira, leaving the administration with only 21 billion naira to be used in next year’s budget.
He however said that the increase of the 33 billion naira in the 2022 budget has only helped for the administration to pay its debts.
Speaking on lack of functional transportation system in Abuja, senator Kyari said the funding of Light Rail Project was one of the ways of improving the transportation system in the FCT
On the issue of staff salary, senator Kyari disclosed that the National budget did not include any provision for staff salary.
He explained that FCT has two budget proposals which also includes the statutory budget, expected to be presented soon where recurrent expenditure is captured including the internally generated revenue which would help to solve some of these problems.
Also reacting to poor satellite towns development in the FCT, Senator Kyari said the water project is expected to get to Karshi, as a way of satellite towns development.
He also noted that the sudden increase in the internally generated Revenue is a remarkable achievement for the FCT Administration which can only be compared to Lagos.
He called for increase of support, adding that FCT Administration will get it right in spite of the influx of people into the territory.