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Minister Wike Narrates How Lands Director, Lawyer Illegally Allocated 500 Hectares Of Land After exit Of Last Govt

Governor Nyeson Wike of River State

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike has given the details of how a Land Director and a Lawyer engaged by the FCT Administration unilaterally connived to issue 500 hectares of land with infrastructure to an individual who in turn sold the land.
The Minister, who spoke yesterday, March 18, during the 2023 budget defence and 2024 proposal before the House Committee on the FCT, chaired by Hon. Aliyu Muktar Betara, said that the embattled Director of Land gave the illegal approval few days after the immediate past Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Bello, left office on May 29, 2023.
Wike insisted that the Director of Land lacks the capacity to act on behalf of the FCT Minister.
“It’s very embarrassing that the former Minister left on May 29, in June, a Director of Land signed 500 hectares of land to an individual.
“And the individual of course goes to this court, gets judgement, goes here, gets judgement, for me, such judgement will not stand.
“I’m going to demolish the plaza first.
“I told our Lawyer….
“There are certain things we cannot accept.
“So, whosoever is involved, it doesn’t matter who is involved, the Director of Land cannot act for the Minister, it cannot work.
“Do you know what this individual did?
“In connivance with FCT Lawyer, he went to court on Thursday to get an order stopping the commissioning of this park.
“Of course, this is a State
“I have to take the file away from the lawyer….
“I don’t know anyone can come to you.
“If you’re given 500 hectares, what I thought, you are authorised to do mass housing, now what they are doing is to go and allocate land to an individual and sell.
“I’ve never seen that.
“One man 500 hectares.
“Meanwhile, the government has provided infrastructure.
“So, when you hear it, as your friend and brother, you have heard it now.”
Wike said that the cartel had last Thursday got a court injunction to stop the planned commissioning of the Sunrise Motor Park this week Friday, which he described as the biggest in West Africa and comparable to Disney Park.
He said that such infrastructure will attract investment and boost the administration’s revenue drives as well as create employment for teeming Nigerians.
Giving an update on the Legal Services Secretariat proposed budget of N5,583,687,567 million out of which N1.3 billion is for capital expenditure, Wike observed that the administration currently has more than 600 cases in courts across the Territory.
“In every year we have suits not less than 1,000 and all these require a lot of money.
“As we speak today, we have more than 600 judgements on FCT, some of them are legal, some of them are civil servants.
Giving update on this year’s proposed budget, the Minister disclosed that a fiscal framework of the sum of N1,147,780,610,283 comprising Distributable Revenue of N510,364,426,028 and Non-Distributable Revenue of N637,416,184, 256 has been proposed for the FCT 2024 Statutory Budget after due deliberations with all the Revenue Generating Agencies of the FCTA.
When compared with the Revised 2023 Appropriation of the sum of N641,247,685,792, there is an increase of the sum of N506,532,924,491.44 (44%) in the 2024 statutory budget proposal.
According to him, the increase is as a result of the expected loan from a commercial bank in the sum of N500 billion.
For Overhead Costs, the FCT Minister disclosed that the sum of N280,527,373,668 representing (24.44%) was proposed for 2024 fiscal year against an appropriation of the sum of N135,413,919,180 in 2023 fiscal year, representing an increase of N145,113,454,488.64 (52%), in order to address some critical overhead costs.
Under the Capital Expenditure, the Minister proposed the sum of N726,338,232,759 representing 63.28%, for 2024 for the development of infrastructure, with emphasis on completion of ongoing projects, showing 44% increase over the 2023 Revised Appropriation of the sum of N406,298,063,083.
According to him, out of the proposed Capital Expenditure, the sum of N80 billion is for SUKUK Loan Projects, N29 billion is for Abuja Light Rail Project and N500 billion for Commercial Loans planned to complete some ongoing Capital Projects in FCC and Satellite Towns, while the balance sum of N117,338,232,759 is dedicated to the completion of the ongoing capital projects and other counterpart funded related projects aimed at enhancing socio-economic activities of the FCT. 6
For the Transportation Sector, the FCT Administration proposed the sum of N69 billion, out of which N73 billion is proposed for recurrent expenditure 2024 fiscal year and the sum of N61.6 billion is proposed for capital budget for the year 2024.
Out of this, the sum of N29.6 billion is for the Abuja Light Rail Project rolling stock and provisions for other Phases and the sum of N32 billion is proposed for Construction of Bus Terminals Development at Kugbo, Jahi and Center Business District of FCT.
For the Education Sector, the Minister proposed the sum of N80.3 billion, out of which the sum of N56 billion is for recurrent expenditure and the sum of N24 billion is for Capital Expenditure, which includes the sum of N2 billion as UBEB Counterpart funding in the 2024 Statutory Budget.
For the Health Sector, the FCTA proposed the sum of N45.7 billion, out of which the sum of N35.5 billion is for recurrent expenditure, which includes the sum of N1.3 billion for Drug Revolving Fund while the sum of N10.2 billion is for Capital Expenditure.
The FCT 2024 Statutory Budget seeks to complete the construction of hospitals in Gwagwalada, Gwarimpa and Utako Districts to enhance the capacity of some of our hospitals through the procurement of modern ambulances for eight FCTA Hospitals.
For the Abuja Geographic Information Systems budget proposal, the FCT Minister disclosed that the sum of N1,154,913,273 was proposed for provision of state-of-the-Art geo-spatial data infrastructure and management of the Land Information System with a view to enhance its revenue generation.
For the Area Council Services Secretariat, the sum of N4,152,146,290 was proposed with a view to ensuring effective and efficient service delivery for rural transformation, improving quality of lives of the citizens and strengthening the traditional institutions as effective tools for mobilisation of the grassroots in order to achieve developmental goals of the FCT Administration.

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