By Veronica Dariya
The Chairman, Bwari Area Council of the FCT, Mr John Gabaya, on Friday presented the 2021 budget proposal of over N6.6 billion before the members of the council’s legislative arm.
Gabaya, while presenting the proposal, pegged N3.4 billion on capital expenditure with Finance and Accounts gaining highest with N1, 613, 590, 926, followed by Works and Housing with N1, 456, 412, 488.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the council’s 2021 proposed appropriation estimate also had N1, 128, 901, 718 for Health and Human services and N351, 310, 123 for Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The council boss in his presentation tagged, “Budget of Revitalization”, noted that his administration would stand against the present economic challenges to meet the needs of the people.
“Although the economic forecast for the year is still gloomy, but we believe that if this budget is approved, we will definitely improve from our 2020 performance.
“In 2020, council’s performance in terms of Actual Gross and Net Revenue Realized was 48 per cent and 25 per cent respectively.
“Similarly, our Actual Recurrent and Capital Expenditure in the same year was 40 per cent and 08 per cent respectively.
“Against this backdrop, the focus of council’s 2021 budget shall be the revitalization of the local economy and service delivery capacity of the various sectors of our economy.
“This is meant to enable our people rebuild their lives.”
The chairman added that the goal can only be achieved through concerted efforts and deliberate programmes and projects, targeted to improve the lives and livelihood of the people in the community.
He noted that in-spite of the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, his administration was able to commence and complete some major rehabilitation projects on infrastructure.
This, he listed as the construction and asphalt of Sabon-gari road in Bwari town, comprehensive renovation of Bwari Township Primary Healthcare centre and electrification of Ushafa farmers market.
Others, he added, were the construction of Tokolo community bridge in collaboration with FCTA, the initiation and completion of a number of rural based projects among several other completed ones.
He also noted that the abandoned Bwari township road that linked the town’s major market, JAMB headquarters, and other major structures had commenced and attained 68 per cent completion level.
He said: “we are determined to complete the road and link it up with the Bwari-Jere express road before the rainy season.
“This will no doubt, boost the corporate image of the town and its socio-economic activities.”
Gabaya appreciated the moral, financial and material support given to the council by the various institutions in the town towards the success of the project.
The completion of the projects, he further said, would open interior communities for development and other socio-economic benefits because of the joint efforts of all stakeholders.
He also noted that the prudent and judicious management of a poor statutory allocation in 2020 as well as the meagre internally generated revenue as affected by the pandemic, helped achieved the goal.
In his response, Speaker of the legislative arm, Mr Julius Adamu, promised that the house would do the needful to the proposal and return same to the chairman within the shortest possible time.
He commended the chairman on the success of his administration thus far, but appealed for the restoration of dilapidated structures within the council’s secretariat, including the legislative chamber.
NAN reports that members of the legislative, councillors and staff of the council were present at the presentation. (NAN)