2024 N1.1trn FCT Appropriation Bill scales second reading at Senate.

The Senate has passed for second reading a bill seeking to authorize the issuance of N1.1 trillion from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) statutory revenue account. .

The passage of the bill for the second time followed its presentation by Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele (APC-Ekiti) at plenary on Thursday.

Bamidele, giving highlights of the FCT Appropriation Bill, said N140 billion was earmarked for personnel costs, while N280 billion was for overhead costs.

According to him,N726 billion is for capital projects.

He said the thrust of the FCT  budget, spanning from Jan 1 to Dec 31, was provision of services and  completion of ongoing projects for residents of the FCT

Bamidele said emphasis had been placed on the completion of ongoing projects for the good of FCT residents.

Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Barau Jibrin (APC-Kano), commended the FCT Minister, Mr. Nyesom Wike, for presenting the budget on time, saying that the early presentation was a good start for the FCT administration.

He urged the lawmakers to give the bill expeditious passage, given the plan and proposed programmes outlined by the minister during his meeting with the senators.

Sen. Ned Nwoko (PDP-Delta) said it was good for the Senate to give expeditious passage, addressing the issues that required attention in the FCT.

Sen. Binos Yaroe (PDP, Adamawa) said the FCT minister was a performing minister, hence the need to give the bill expeditious passage to ensure the execution of projects and other services in the FCT.

President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio,after the bill was read for a second reading, assured that the bill would be expeditiously considered and passed to encourage the Minister of the FCT to advance reforms in the nation’s capital.

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The bill was thereafter referred to the Committee on FCT for further legislative action.(NAN)

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