FCTA releases N5.7bn counterpart funds

By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration in Nigeria says, it has released over N5.7bn to various development partners being counterpart funds for the projects they are executing in Abuja.

The Permanent Secretary of Federal Capital Territory, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye made this known during an interactive session with the FCT Administration Information Officers in Abuja.

 He stated that some of these counterpart funds which have not been paid over the years do not speak well for the administration,

Dr. Ajakaiye noted that, the FCT Administration had taken steps to redeem its obligations and image with international development partners in line with the Change Agenda of the Federal Government.

The Permanent Secretary also revealed that the sum of N1.7bn was released to the Universal Basic Education Board that had not been paid since 2013.

 He reiterated that N50 million was also released for the FCT Community and Social Development Programme NYSC, stressing that the FCT Minister, Musa Bello believes that  his leadership must honour commitments.

Dr. Ajakaiye further explained that out of the over N5.7 billion released by the administration, the sum of N46.5m has been released for the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA) projects in the FCT, while the sum of N113.4m was for FCT FADAMA programme.

The sums of N2, 939,681,413.96 and N808, 075,585.62 were released as counterpart funds for the Abuja Rail project as well as its Consultancy Services respectively,” he added. 

The Permanent Secretary challenged information officers to make their strategy more robust, adding that the FCT Administration intends to introduce a quarterly seminar in Abuja to make them perform their duties more effectively.

Dr. Ajakaiye stressed that “Information Officers must have knowledge of everything because they remain the first point of call. They must be well grounded about the workings of the civil service, the entire FCT Administration as well as the primary area of assignments.”