FCTA allocates N26.6 billion for clean water, environment in 2024 Budget

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has designated N26.6 billion to the FCT Water Board and Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) to ensure clean water provision and maintain a healthy environment in the FCT.

During his appearance before the Senate and House Committees on FCT in Abuja on Monday, the FCT Minister, Mr. Nyesom Wike, disclosed this while defending the proposed N1.15 trillion 2024 FCT Statutory Budget.

Wike explained that out of the allocated sum, N9 billion is earmarked for the water sector to bolster water treatment and supply in the FCT.

Within this allocation, N2.2 billion is designated for water treatment chemicals, while N7.4 billion is allocated for personnel costs, overhead costs, and capital expenditure of the FCT Water Board.

He highlighted that the Greater Abuja Water Project, financed through a China Exim Bank Loan, will receive accelerated implementation through the statutory budget. The completion of this project is expected to extend water supply to approximately 26 districts and layouts.

Wike also noted that the FCTA is advancing in exploring Public-Private Partnerships for the deployment of pre-paid water meters to minimize revenue shortfalls and wastages in the water sector.

Furthermore, he revealed that N17.6 billion is allocated to the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) to uphold cleanliness and a healthy environment.

The city cleaning contracts require over N7 billion annually, and the maintenance of the Wupa Sewage Treatment Plant necessitates about N2.5 billion yearly. The FCTA is reviewing its operations to introduce a more cost-efficient city cleaning strategy in the 2024 fiscal year.

Chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on FCT, Ibrahim Bomai and Muktar Betara, respectively, lauded the minister for the developmental strides in the FCT and assured him of the National Assembly’s full support.

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