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2021: Amaechi seeks approval for N205bn transport capital projects

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The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has presented a capital budget of N205,161,882,492 for 2021 to a Joint Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives on Land and Marine Transport.

According to him, land transport will have N204bn while marine transport has a total of N845m with an overhead cost of N358m.

He made the presentation of the proposed appropriation on Friday in Abuja.

The minister said, “The total capital appropriation of the ministry for 2020 is N70,365,081,808; land has N69,667,177,564; marine N697,904,244, out of which N36,018,702,122, representing 51.49 per cent, has been released to date with Land having N35,928,905,544.77 and Marine with N89,796,577.50 has been utilized as of November 2, 2020.”

A statement made available to journalists by the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, Mrs Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni, said, “The sum of N245,494,182.42 was appropriated for overhead expenditure out of which N176,926,909.26 was released; the sum of N157,956,153.18 of the released amount was expended as at Oct 28, 2020.

“The ministry is proposing a total capital budget of N205,161,882,492 with Land transport estimates is N204,316,793,527, marine transport estimates N845,088,965 with the overhead of N358,799,999 in the 2021 budget which is before you for consideration.

“The aims and objectives of these proposals are to make significant progress on all ongoing projects and to complete and deliver modern railway services that would provide an efficient and cost-effective alternative transport system for economic growth and creation of job opportunities for the citizenry.”

 

Amaechi noted that the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Zaria and Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) are fully funded from the national budget while National Inland Waterways Authority, Maritime Academy of Nigeria and Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) derive their funding from both the national budget as well as the Internally Generated Revenues (IGR).

The minister stated however that three of the agencies under the ministry, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) are fully self-funding and make reasonable remittances to the consolidated revenue fund.

He said that the major role of the ministry in the marine transport sector was to oversee the monitoring of the implementation of government policies for the subsector, largely carried out by the agencies.

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FG names Nwabuoku to oversee Accountant General Office  

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The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Mr Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku to oversee the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF).

This follows the ongoing investigation of the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) over N80 billion fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Aliyu Ahmed, Permanent Secretary (Finance), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, was quoted as saying this in a letter dated May 20, 2022.

The appointment will be pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a statement by Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

The statement also read in part, “Mr Anamekwe is expected to carry out his duty in strict compliance with extant rules and observe the highest sense of professionalism expected of an officer working at his level.

“Currently, he is director, Inspectorate Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, and presently he is overseeing the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.”

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56 people eating Nigeria like termites — Al Mustapha alleges

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Former Chief Security Officer to late military Head of State General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al Mustapha

…Says Nigerian soldiers have turned into a police

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Buhari appoints Semiu Adeniran new stastician general

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Semiu Adeniran as the Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics.

The appointment follows the demise of the former statistician general, Dr Simon Harry, on April 13, 2022, eight months into his five-year tenure.
A statement by Sufuyan Ojeifo, Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said, “Adeniran is a professional statistician of repute with bias for Demography and Social Statistics. He has over three decades of statistical hands-on experience garnered from various local and international institutions.”

“Until his appointment, Mr Semiu was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the National Bureau of Statistics.”

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