FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello has said the ban placed on commercial tricycle operators to specific parts of the city was a very hard decision for the FCT government.
Chief Press Secretary to the Minister, Mr. Anthony Ogunleye, in a recent statement, said Muhammad revealed this during the presentation of the FCT’s 2020 statutory budget to the joint sitting of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees.
According to Muhammad, a lot of roads in Federal Capital City are expressways, so they just cannot allow the presence of commercial tricycles and motorcycles.
He added that FCT was proposing to spend the sum of N232,875,365,947 as the statutory budget for next year.
His words, “This sum is made up of N53,876,241,095 (23.15 per cent) as personnel cost, N57,070,343,435 (24.50 per cent) as overhead costs and a proposed capital expenditure of N121,928,781,417 (52.35 per cent) as capital expenditure.
“The proposal also indicated reductions in personnel and overhead costs, with N53,876,241,095 proposed in the 2020 budget as against the N55,543,090,041 in 2019 for personnel and N57,070,343,435 as against N57,610,188,661 in 2019 for overhead.
“These figures represent a 2 per cent and 0.93 per cent decrease respectively.
“The sum of N121,928,781,417 was proposed for capital expenditure in the 2020 budget, of which N11,550,000,000 is dedicated to the completion of the light rail project and other counterpart funded related projects aimed at enhancing socioeconomic activities in the FCT.
“Of the amount also, the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA got N40,282,958,388, the Satelite Town Development Agency, STDA, got N33,702,830,000.
“While other Secretariats Departments and Agencies, SDAs, got N47,942,993,029 for their capital expenditure to address critical areas like ongoing road construction, water treatment plants and related facilities as well as a few new projects.”