November Salaries not certain for FCT Administration Staff as Non passage of 2018 Budget Cripples Governance.
By Festus Fifen.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration seems to have been grounded in the areas of capital projects, statutory activities and allocations of the administration seems to be threatened as a result of the non release of the 2018 budget.
there are also subtle Indications that the non release of 2018 budget might also affect the November 2018 staff salaries of its workforce this is due to the fact that the 2017 appropriation has been exhausted.
This indications were contained in a press statement issued by a civil society organisation under the aegis of Good Governance Initiative, revealing that the FCT Administration has exhausted its 2017 statutory budget.
The coordinator of the group, Comrade Olumide Olademije, also stated in the statement that ongoing capital projects are in a standstill owing to non release of the 2018 budget.
In his words, “It is shocking that in the month of November, we are still talking about the release of 2018 budget, and everybody is silent about it. As we speak, nobody can tell you categorically the state of FCT budget. Our investigation shows that activities in the administration are grounded and salaries for civil servants in the month of November is in limbo.
“This goes to show that civil servants may also have a bleak Christmas if urgent steps are not taken to address this unwarranted situation. We have moved round the territory, and discovered that previous ongoing capital projects are in a flat mode. Nothing seems to be working due to non release of budget. Either we like it or not, performance in governance is tied to provision and release of budget.”
Olademije, who used the medium to canvassed for the speedy passage of the 2018 budget and other legislative bills that will enhance the service delivery of the administration by The National Assembly who in this case carries out the legislative functions for the Federal Capital Territory Administration stressed that budget performance of the administration has recorded below average since 1999.
Olademeji however, warned that his group will mobilize other civil society organisations to enforce the immediate release of the budget if nothing is done before the end of November.
Late passage of appropriation Bills into law in the case of the federal capital Territory Administration has careful but steadily becoming a normal practice.