Just In: FCT Minister Wike Makes Fresh Request From Senate

Just In: FCT Minister Wike Makes Fresh Request From Senate

  • Nyesom Wike, the minister of the FCT, has asked the Senate to allow him to have a security fund to fight the rising insecurity in Abuja effectively
  • The minister made the request when he appeared before the Senate committee on FCT and FCT area councils to defend his 2024 budget
  • Wike maintained that having access to the security fund will allow him to finance security fight without going through bureaucracy

The minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, on Monday, March 18, urged the Senate to approve security votes for the territory to ensure a seamless response to security threats.

This is even as Wike defended the sum of N1,147,780,610,283.00 as the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) budget for the 2024 fiscal year before the Senate committees on FCT and FCT areas councils.

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Nyesom Wike asks senate to give him security votes money to fight insecurity in Abuja
Nyesom Wike asks senate to give him access to security votes Photo Credit: Nyesom Wike
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He also narrated how he saved $53 million by renegotiating the operations aspect of the Abuja light rail contract from $128 million to $75 million, Premium Times reported.

Why Wike is requesting security funds

The minister said the security vote has become necessary to enable the FCTA to fund covert operations by security agencies to eliminate threats without going through the rigours of official bureaucracy capable of delaying action and revealing sensitive security information.

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His statement reads in part:

"If you recollect what we said in the security council meeting. I did say that in tackling the issue of insecurity, there are certain operations that we call covert operations that even some peoplemay not even know. But in Abuja, or in FCT, no security man can be given N10,000.

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“He has to apply. You have to take it to the Permanent Secretary, who will take it to the DFA (Director of Finance and Accounts) before the money will be released.
“Now, in that case, you don’t even know whether it is the Permanent Secretary or the DFA giving out information regarding the operation."

Wike leads Tinubu's top-performing minister

Legit.ng earlier reported that Wike stopped the list of President Bola Tinubu's 12 performing ministers.

This is as the Economic Confidential released the list of identified ministers as the "top 12 performers" in the administration of President Bola Tinubu.

Following the review of the current federal executive council (FEC) members, the publication highlighted their achievements and efforts since their resumption of office.

Source: Legit.ng

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