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UPDATED: Yahaya Bello Presents 2022 Appropriation Bill of N145. 8bn to Kogi Assembly

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Gov. Yahaya Bello has presented an Appropriation Bill, Budget Outlay of N145.8 billion for the 2022 fiscal year to Kogi House of Assembly for “Frank review and approval.”

Presenting the Appropriation Bill tagged, “Budget of Accelerated Results” to the Assembly on Thursday in Lokoja, Bello said the total Budget was divided into Recurrent Expenditure of N90,151 billion representing 61.

79 per cent.

The Capital Expenditure, according to him, is N55.744 billion representing 38.21 per cent adding that the total budget package for year 2022 was N145,896,072,913 as against the N160.

560 billion revised budget for year 2021.

“This represents a decrease of N14.664 billion or 9.13 per cent when compared with the 2021 Revised Budget”, he said.

According to the governor, out of the total estimated Recurrent Revenue of N96.792 billion, Estimated Personnel Cost for the period is N45.119 billion whereas N45.031 billion is Overhead Costs, thereby giving N90.151 billion as a total Recurrent Expenditure for the year 2020.

He gave the total budget expenditure outlay as follows: Administration – N50,23 billion representing 34.43 per cent and Economic – N41.926 billion representing 28 per cent.

Others are Law and Justice – N4.720 billion representing 3.24 per cent and Social – N49.015 billion representing 33.6 per cent.

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The governor noted that accountability and open governance starts with timely and transparent showcase of government income, proposed expenditure plan and levels of performance and pledged to an honest, realistic and sustained implementation of the year 2020 budget as usual.

“In order to keep this undertaking and avoid derailment by any means, we have factored into this Budget policies, outcomes and targets consistent with those Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identified in our blueprint documents as most urgently needed by the larger spectrum of our populace”, he said.

Bello also undertook to on behalf of his administration to complete every single project they started in the 21 Local Government Areas and to pay the contractors and at the same time, cutting down the cost of governance for the benefit of the people.

Speaking earlier, Speaker of the House, Prince Matthew Kolawole described budget as an important policy tool that provides an avenue for both the Executive and the Legislature to collaborate in the management of the state economy for equitable and efficient allocation of resources.

He said that the power of the Assembly to approve budgets include the power to analyse, debate, amend and enact into law the estimates presented by the governor.

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He said that the processes were designed to achieve a realistic distribution of resources and optimal opportunity for the people but regretted that though budgets had always been well conceived, implementation had remained a major challenge.

Kolawole therefore, urged all ministries departments and parastatals to be more alive to their responsibilities and avoid all tendencies that might impede the process of successful implementation of the budget.

He commanded the governor for some of the landmark projects being executed across the three Senatorial Districts of the state and particularly implored the governor to rehabilitate the Hassan Usman Katsina Road leading to the Assembly and the state High court among others.

He assured that the house would accord the 2022 Appropriation Bill a speedy passage to enable the government to commence in earnest, its implementation.

Bello presented N130.5 billion for the 2021budget.

He said the budget is divided into the recurrent expenditure of N70.04 billion representing N56.72 percent and capital expenditure of N56.49 billion representing N43.28 percent.

He said that the total estimated recurrent revenue of the budget was N82.4 billion consisting of N20.9 billion which will be realized from internal sources, while N45.4 billion comes from the federation account.(NAN)

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Zulum Seeks Collective Fund-raising in Recharging Lake Chad & Hawul Basins

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Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has called for a collective fund raising that would be channeled towards recharging the Lake Chad and the Hawul Basins which have been the major sources of livelihood for about 30 million people before it receded by 90%.

Governor Zulum made the called on Tuesday, when he visited the Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Adamu, at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

During the meeting which lasted for about an hour, Zulum noted that funds could be raised through collaborations with the United Nations regional stabilization facility, other foreign and Nigerian based development partners such as the Northeast Development Commission, as well as contributions from states within the Lake Chad region.

He noted that the funds would be channeled towards recharging the Lake Chad Basin which was a source of livelihood for about 30 million people before it receded by 90%.

Speaking on Hawul River Basin, Governor Zulum, a professor of Irrigation Engineering, suggested the possible use of distilling and suppressing vacuum techniques to expand the capacity of the basin, while promising Borno Government’s support for urgent measures considered by the Federal Government.

“At our own level, we are ever ready to provide the needed political will to thrive these important projects”, Zulum said.

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Responding, the Water Resources Minister, Engineer Suleiman Adamu, assured the governor of President Buhari’s commitment to reviving the Lake Chad.

He also promised that the ministry will henceforth shift focus from executing fragmented projects to a strategic and ambitious one that can make massive impact on the lives of people in Borno and rest of the Lake Chad region.

Governor Zulum was accompanied by the State Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engr. Bukar Talba.

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FG to Inject 10m Gas Cylinders for Sale Nationwide

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The Federal Government says it will inject 10,000,000 cylinders of the Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) into circulation nationwide to increase access to the commodity.

Alhaji Musa Ibrahim, the Managing Director of the Nigeria LPG, made this known during a two day sensitization workshop in Bauchi yesterday.

He said the cylinders would be distributed nationwide through registered marketers, saying we would establish micro sales and distribution centers for the cylinders.

“The price of the safe cylinders is affordable as the LPG is capable of improving economic activities of the end users,” he said.

Mr Dayo Adeshina, the senior special assistant to the vice president on LPG, urged the people of the state to embrace the use of the LPG in their households.

He explained that the federal government is considering the possibility of increasing access to the commodity by reducing the high cost of the LPG to expand affordability.

He said the use of cooking gas would reduce instances of deforestation, desertification and soil erosion which contribute seriously to environmental hazards.

In his remarks, Gov. Bala Mohammed, represented by his deputy, Sen. Baba Tela, assured that his government would support the programme to succeed.

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Governor Mohammed called on the national LPG office to develop a means or device through which gas for firing automobiles to reduce carbon emissions will be introduced.

He explained that many Nigerians are ignorant of the potentials of the LPG, stressing that citizens need to be adequately aware of the potentials of the product.

Earlier in his remarks, the state commissioner for natural resources, Nuruddeen Abdulhameed, said government would fully support implementation of the project.

He said the state government would provide a spacious plot of land and the political will to see to the successful take off of the programme.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two-day sensitization awareness workshop was tagged “Engaging Bauchi State Towards Sustainable Socio-economic Growth through LPG adoption and expansion. (NAN)

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Buhari Unveils 1.2m Bags Abuja Rice Pyramids

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By Joseph Amah, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has said his government will do everything to ensure Nigerians enjoy cheap foodstuffs. The President made this promise yesterday when he unveiled a 1.

2 million-bag paddy rice pyramid, in Abuja.

He commended the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, for Initiating the Anchor Borrowers Programme, through which the massive rice production was achieved.

In his address at the event, the president said that his food security agenda would drive down prices of food items in the country.

According to him, from a National paddy rice production of about 4.5 tons per annum before the ABP initiative in 2015, paddy rice production rose to over nine million tons by last year.

In his address,the Governor of CBN said that as  at the end of December 2021, his team  had financed 4.5 million farmers that cultivated 5.3 million hectares across 21 commodities through 23 Participating Financial Institutions in the 36 States of the Federation and FCT.

According to him, Thailand alone exported 1.3 million metric tons of rice to Nigeria in 2014.

Mr. Emefiele noted, however,  that the CBN introduced the ABP in 2015 to curtail food import and that since then, Nigeria has witnessed incremental reductions in rice imports from Thailand.

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His words,”By 2016, rice imports from Thailand had fallen to only 58,000 metric tons. As of the end of 2021, they only exported 2,160 metric tons to Nigeria, thereby saving us foreign exchange and helping preserve jobs in Nigeria.”

In his remarks, the Governor of Ekiti State, and Chairman of the Governors Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said that the next agenda of the administration’s food security programme would be to ensure  affordability of food items.

Also speaking, the Gov. of Kebbi State, Alh. Atiku Bagudu, said that rice production has significantly improved  to such a level that a farmer could now earn N400,000 per hectare.

He said that Nigerian rice farmers have become richer than ever before.

He said that the CBN had invested less than one trillion Naira in the ABP and has achieved very much in terms of conserving foreign exchange, employment generation and food security Nigeria.

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