By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

ABUJA—THE House of Representatives, yesterday, approved N241,455,285,471 for the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, administration for the 2016 fiscal year.

Of the amount, N52,982,280,360 was for perso-nnel costs; N34,388,260,823 for overhead costs, while the balance of N154,084,744,288 was earmarked for capital expenditure.

The budget was passed after the Chairman, House Committee on FCT and FCT Area Councils and Ancillary Matters, Herman Hembe (APC, Benue) presented his report.

The House mandated the FCT Minister and Director of Treasury, Federal, to furnish the National Assembly with the status of the records of the FCT Statutory Accounts on a quarterly basis immediately the Act comes into force.

Some components of the budget are: FCDA Engineering Services gets N70,596,313,220; Satellite Towns Development Agency, STDA, gets N21.754 billion; FCT administration, N2,767,750,001; FCT Water Board, N1,354,024,237; Abuja Environmental Protection Board, N1,065,024,237; Public Buildings, N12,393,559,931, while Resettlement and Compensation Department gets N3,469,216,002.

Also, FCT Directorate of Muslim Pilgrims Affairs, N266,363,895, while FCT Directorate of Christian Pilgrims Affairs gets N160,909,264.

Education, health, agric

Education Secretariat, N1.325 billion; Agency for Mass Education, N123,090,700; FCT Education Resource Centre, N111,710,402; FCT Universal Basic Education, N1,610,712,127; FCT Secondary Education Board, N899,453,500; FCT College of Education, Zuba, N325,241,867; FCT Agency for Science and Technology, N1,886,493,908, while FCT Scholarship Board gets N98,236,280.

The FCT HHS Secretariat, N1,490,543,480; School of Nursing and Midwifery, N98,472,560; Public Health Department, N27,079,954; Health Planning Research and Statistics, N80,934,374; Health Management Board, N1,176,389,197; Primary Healthcare Development Board, N1,257,438,511; Agri-culture and Rural Development Secretariat, N904,390,072; FCT Agric Development Project, N160,566,668; Department of Agric, N60,689,875; Social Development Secretariat, N119,027,509; Welfare Department, N53,434,486, while Sports Department gets N314,211,568.

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