The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Nyesom Wike, has stated that the FCTA is contemplating using the N5 billion in federal aid for transportation and food supply.
On Monday, after a closed-door meeting with contractors overseeing various projects in the FCT, Wike made these remarks in Abuja.
To ease the blow of eliminating the gasoline subsidy, the federal government said earlier this month that each state and the FCT will get N5 billion.
While the remaining N2 billion is still being awaited, some state governments have already verified receiving N2 billion.
While the FCT was included in the N5 billion palliative, the minister claimed that it wasn’t until he informed President Bola Tinubu of the change in a memo that the FCT was actually included.
As he continued, he expressed optimism that the FCT will soon receive the same N2 billion that the other states had gotten.
However, we have not yet decided how to spend the N2 billion in emergency funds. We haven’t settled on a location just yet.
While it’s true that we need to prioritize food, we also recognize the critical nature of mobility, especially in the context of urban mass transit.
People want to be able to get where they need to go quickly and easily, but if you offer them rice today and they eat the rice, what will happen to transportation tomorrow?
We haven’t decided how to use the money yet, but “food support and transportation” are high on his list.