As part of efforts to scale-up the revenue generation of area councils and other stakeholders, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has called on revenue agencies in the FCT Administration and area councils to synergize.
The minister appealed to the Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage ( DOAS) and the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) to ensure that pending cases in court regarding revenue generation are resolved amicably.
S.A Media To FCT Minister of State, in a statement signed on Monday
November 30, 2020 said the minister who made the appeal at the 147th Joint Area Councils Allocation Committee (JAAC), meeting noted that such prolonged litigation has further compounded the inflow of revenue to the councils, adding that the councils cannot make any meaningful progress with the lean monthly revenue allocations from the federation account.
Aliyu, who presided over the JAAC meeting, also used the occasion to appeal to chairmen of the area councils to critically look into their wage bills by ensuring that officials without portfolios are jettisoned with a view to reducing the financial burden on the system.
“It is high time we take the bull by the horn and face the reality. If there are some people we bring on board for political consideration, this is the right time to call them and explain to them. We have to tell ourselves the basic truth. With the dwindling revenue generation it will be difficult for the area councils to function optimally.
“On this note, I want to also appeal to the Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage (DOAS) and the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) to resolve their feud because it has impacted negatively on the revenue base. There is need to strengthen our institutions so that they outlived us,” she affirmed.
Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory Administration has disbursed a total sum of N1,908,624,617.57 billion to the six Area Councils in the FCT and other stakeholders as its share of statutory allocation for the month of October 2020.
Out of this figure, the sum of N286,836,053.49 was made available for distribution to the six area councils, while the sum of N1,621,788, 564.08, was made available for other stakeholders, bringing the total to N1,908,624,617.57 billion.
The figure also shows that Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), received N460,108,940.35 million, while Gwagwalada got N294,512,344.32 million and Kuje received N284,029,534.73 million. Similarly, Bwari Area Council received N317,895,292.29 million, Abaji got N266,252,308.25 million and Kwali received N285,826,647.63 million.
Furthermore, distribution to other stakeholders include: Primary Teachers which gulped N1,268,373,922.70 billion, 15 percent Pension Funds took N226, 478, 989.57 million, 1 percent Training Fund gulped N19, 086, 246.18 million and 10 percent Employer Pension Contribution gulped N107, 849, 405.63 million.
Ize-Iyamu restates commitment to Appeal suit, debunks report linking him to NDDC
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the last Edo guber election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has restated his focus on the appeal filed in court to defend the legitimacy of his candidacy in the election, while also dismissing reports linking him to the NDDC Chairmanship.
In a brief statement released by his media team on Friday, Pastor Ize-Iyamu maintained that the Edo State Chapter of the APC is united and in sync with the national leadership of the party in its efforts to grow membership and strengthen the party’s bond with Nigerians across the country.
He says his exclusive focus remains on obtaining justice and establishing the truth in court, laying to rest insinuations made in certain source-less reports making unfounded speculations that a supposed contest for the NDDC chairmanship may be causing a rift in the party.
Other well-sourced reports have corroborated Ize-Iyamu’s assertion as members and leaders of the APC in Edo State have expressed satisfaction and overwhelming confidence in the party’s direction under the leadership of Col. David Imuse [Rtd].
Engineer Sule commissions remodeled Nasarawa Governor’s lodge in Asokoro
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has commissioned the remodeled Nasarawa Governor’s Lodge, in Asokoro, Abuja.
Commissioning the massive edifice during a brief ceremony, Engineer Sule, emphasized that the structure is not just for the use of the Governor of the state, but the entire people of Nasarawa State, urging stakeholders to utilize the facility to showcase the state.
“This place is actually not a Governor’s Lodge but for the people of Nasarawa State. Any time you have the opportunity to invite investors, partners coming to see Nasarawa State, please feel to come here and have your first meeting with them.
“This will show them that we are serious in the state,” the Governor said.
Engineer Sule commended the immediate past administration of Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura, for upgrading both the Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, as well as converting the Nasarawa State Liaison Office in to a hotel.
According to the Governor, on his assumption of office, his administration leased out the hotel built by the former governor to an investors at the rate of N100m per annum.
“Instead of using, we leased out the hotel at the rate of N100m annually to an investors. We took the money for two years and invested the N200m to remodel the Governor’s Lodge,” he explained.
On his part, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Liaison Office, Hon. Yusuf Maianguwa, said the state government lodge before the coming of the present administration was an eyesore.
While commending the administration of Engineer Sule for remodelling the lodge, the SSA however appealed for government to conduct meetings and other official engagements at the newly commissioned lodge.
Prominent sons and daughters of the state, including the Minister of State for Science and Technology, Barrister Muhammad Abdullahi Hassan, member Federal House of Representative, Hon. Abdulmumini Ari, Director General A. A Sule Campaign Organization, Senator John Damboyi, two former deputy governors namely Senator Solomon Ewuga and Chief Micheal Abdul.
Others are, Alhaji Bala Tafida, former SSG, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Tijani and former zonal APC vice chairman, North Central, Alhaji Suleiman Wambai, among others.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu’s NDDC Chairmanship Ambition Causing Disunity In Edo APC Family
The embattled 2020 Edo APC Guber candidate, Pastor Osagie ize Iyamu is facing another fresh challenges that may set the party in the state on fire over his quest to get the chairmanship of the NDDC board.
In a move considered by many in the APC as wicked and greedy, the embattled Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is supporting and sponsoring one of the internally displaced Politicians in Edo State, Barr. Washington Osifo to sue the Attorney Seneral, the Senate, the minister of the Niger delta, the NDDC and the Sole Administrator.
In the originating summons, filed at the Federal High Court Benin Division , Barr Washington Osifo is asking the court to sack the nddc management board as presently constituted, to pave the way for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu is pushing to be announced as the chairman of the board.
Globaltimesnigeria.com investigations revealed, that as a plan B, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has also pencilled down Mr Lucky Imasuen in the event that he fails to emerge.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu told some of his supporters that he wants the chairmanship of the board to be able to run and finance the state Chapter of the APC that is in tatters. Some of his supporters are of the view that nothing will come out of his legal tussles with the PDP and Gov Obaseki hence his quest to pursue the NDDC Chairmanship.
A section of the APC party Faithfuls are warming up for war with the Guber candidate, they are of the opinion that pastor Osagie ize Iyamu brought political misfortune upon the party and that he has lost his political capital because he even lost his local government, senatorial district and the state to the PDP.
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