In a rather interesting development, the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA), while presenting its Statutory Appropriation Bill for 2013 to the Senate, said it had budgeted the sum of N5 billion for the rehabilitation of prostitutes in and around the Abuja metropolis in 2013.
The FCTA also disclosed that the sum of N7.45 billion had been earmarked for the expansion and rehabilitation of the two entrants at ONEX (Kubwa Expressway) and Airport Expressway. In the same vein, the FCTA said the sum of N4 billion was earmarked for the construction of the First Lady Mission Building project within the same period. These were contained in the lead debate on the FCTA Statutory Appropriation Bill, 2013 and sponsored and presented to the Senate by its leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba.
While the budget proposal, put at N253 billion was passed into second reading, the senators picked holes in it, saying the FCTA had misplaced its priorities. A breakdown of the proposal included N7.5 billion for the construction of a new city gate; N150 million for the renovation of the Vice-President Guest House while N5 billion was earmarked for the rehabilitation of prostitutes and destitutes in the FCT, among others.