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New C of O Underway, As Wike Presents Over I.15trn 2024 Budget

todayMarch 19, 2024 214

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The Federal Capital Territory, Minister, Mr Nyesom Wike says the administration will embark on printing new Certificate of Occupancy,C of O, that will be configured with many security features.

Wike who gave this hint in Abuja while presenting the FCT Administration’s over 1.15 trilion naira 2024 statutory budget proposal before the Senate Committee on FCT, said the new C of Os will check fake ones in circulation.

Wike also expressed concern over the manner lawyers working as staff of the FCT Administration were sabotaging the Administration.

He expressed worry over double allocations and shady deals in land Administration, and pointed out that he was determined to tackle issues of land racketeering head-on.

He stressed that he would hire Senior Advocates of Nigeria to stand for FCTA in the myriad of court cases against it.

The Minister said on assumption of office, he was shocked to discover that the lawyers were always losing simple land cases in court.

According to him, more worrisome was the fact that FCTA gets over one thousand five hundred land cases monthly.

He added that he has vowed not to allow any lawyer who is a staff of the administration, to represent it in any court over land cases.

The FCT Minister while giving the detailed explanation of the proposed N1.15 trillion 2024 statutory budget, said the money would be used to accelerate the completion of the series of on-going capital intensive projects in both the satellite towns and the city of Abuja to give it the needed face lift it required.

Presenting the budget before the Senate and House Committees on FCT, Wike explained that the total budget of N421.44 billion was allocated for recurrent expenditure, while N726.3 billion is designated for capital expenditure.

From the budget proposal, Wike said 21 schools renovation, creation of three bus terminals, hospitals, infrastructure development of the city, treatment of water and Greater Abuja Water Projects among other projects would be funded.

The Chairmen Senate and House of Representatives Committee On FCT, Senator Ibrahim Bomai, and Mukhtar Betara commended the minister for his zeal in transforming Abuja through infrastructure development.

They pledged the support of the law makers to collaborate with FCTA to ensure that the city is developed to an enviable height.

By Remi Johnson, Edited By Grace Namiji

Written by: Safiya Wada

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