The various courts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will spend N8.6 billion for both capital and recurrent expenditures in the 2018 budget, the proposal documents have shown.
The amount is about N874 million lower than the courts’ budgets for 2017, which was N9.5bn.
This is despite the fact that the entire judiciary is maintaining the N100 billion approved for it in 2017 as the proposal for 2018.
The N8.6bn covers the FCT Customary Court of Appeal, which gets N4.065bn, FCT Shariah Court of Appeal, N2.771bn, and FCT Judicial Service Committee, N1.790bn.
At a budget defence session with the House of Representatives committee on FCT judiciary chaired by Muntari Dandutse (APC, Katsina) in Abuja, the administrative heads of the three judicial bodies explained how the proposal would be utilized.
Dandutse, in a brief remark, said the committee would ensure a diligent scrutiny of the proposals.
Out of the N4.06bn proposed for Customary Court of Appeal, personnel cost is N1.988bn; overhead, N1.328bn; capital expenditure is N716.36m, while the sum of N33.438m is for consolidated revenue fund charge.
Also, a breakdown of the N2.771bn proposed for FCT Shariah Court of Appeal indicated that personnel cost will gulp N1.298bn; overhead gets N1.095bn, and capital is N377.023m.
As for the FCT Judicial Service Committee, out of the N1.790 proposed, N690.053m is for personnel; N730.943m for overhead and N370m is for capital expenditure.
The documents showed that the FCT Customary Court of Appeal had a budget of N4.5bn in 2017 with a decrease of N435m; Shariah Court of Appeal, N3bn, with a reduction of N229m, and Judicial Service Committee had N2bn in 2017, having a decrease of N210m.