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FCT Generates Over N200bn Annually, Says Minister

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Mohammed Bello, on Thursday in Abuja, said the FCT now generates over N200bn annually.

Bello disclosed this to State House Correspondents at the 40th session of the State House Ministerial Briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team.

He said the FCT Administration currently generates N200bn annually through an aggressive revenue drive to surpass Lagos State, which is the highest revenue-generating state with N535bn generated in 2021 and a targeted N980.6bn in 2022.

The minister also noted that his administration has earmarked N1bn to renovate the National Mosque and National Ecumenical Center, to ensure they remain visitable sites in the FCT.

The Minister said anyone who requests bail for arrested criminals only to release them back into the society should be apprehended.

This is as he lamented the overflowing capacity of the three major correctional facilities serving the FCT.

Bello made the call when fielding questions from journalists at the 40th session of the State House Ministerial Briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team.

The call came on the heels of reports that hoodlums arrested for various crimes were being released through the intervention of highly placed Nigerians who use them as foot soldiers for heinous crimes.

He appealed to Abuja residents to expose those involved in freeing these hoodlums by reporting them to the authorities.

Mohammed, however, lamented that the FCT criminal justice system is fraught with several challenges, especially because its three correctional facilities are now filled and cannot accommodate more detainees.

To address this, he said criminals convicted in Abuja courts are now being sent to Suleja, Niger State even as the FCTA is working on a “bolster centre” to accommodate juvenile convicts.

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