By Aluta News
Jan. 10, 2024
Mr John Gabaya, the Chairman of the Bwari Area Council of the FCT, on Wednesday presented a budget of N22 billion for 2024 to the council’s legislature for approval.
Speaking at the ceremony, Gabaya said that the budget was made up of N14. 9billion capital expenditure and N7.1 billion recurrent expenditure.
He gave the sectorial allocations of the budget to include Works and Housing, N8.8 billion, Health and Human Services, N2.1 billion, Education and Social Development, N1.3 billion and Agriculture and Natural Resources, N1.6 billion
The chairman said that the focus of the budget was completion of all ongoing projects.
He said that the budget would be funded through the FCT statutory allocation and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
“It is pertinent to assure here that we shall continue to be up and doing in trying to expand our internal capacity to fund our budget to a greater degree.
“Our investment in infrastructure and other economic projects such as the Kubwa Phase 3 Ultra-Modern Building Material Market and Ushafa Farmers Market & Garden is a wise strategy in this regard.
“In 2023, we set up a committee to verify and issue subscribers of some of the Public- Private -Partnership (PPP) markets with relevant title documents.
“Through this medium, we hope to establish and determine the number of shops in these markets and ensure shop owners pay appropriate revenue to the coffers of government,’’ he said.
He added: “In this way, we are hopeful of raising our IGR profile to augment our statutory allocations to fund our budget implementation efforts.’’
The chairman added that his administration had since 2023 embarked on massive investment on infrastructure across the 10 wards of the council.
“It is therefore our plan and resolve to consolidate on this momentum by not only completing all ongoing projects within the scheduled time frame, but to initiate and complete new complementary ones, ” he said.
In his remarks, the Speaker of the legislature, Mr Dogara Ahmed, assured of speedy consideration of the budget.
He described the 2024 budget as a reflection of the collective resolve of the executive and legislative to address crucial needs of the people.
This, he added was with the hope of achieving economic growth, infrastructure development, jobs and wealth creations, youth empowerment and poverty alleviation.
Ahmed also said that the budget was expected to eliminate economic hardship being faced the people due to the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.
He said that the council was working with relevant stakeholders to curb the security challenge being faced in the area.