FAAC: See what States got in September.

Breakdown of N516bn Allocations shared by the 36 States, Osun got N868.9m in September, 2016

The breakdown in a report obtained from a source at the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation in Abuja on Sunday.

The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting in September, federal, states and local governments shared N516 billion as against the N530 billion that was shared in August. The breakdown after some deductions l which included bailout funds were made is as follow:

Abia : N3.01 billion
Adamawa : N3.14 billion
Anambra : N3.43 billion,
Bayelsa: N7.6 billion,
Bauchi: N3.52 billion,
Benue : N3.37 billion,
Borno : N3.9 billion,
Cross River: N2.04 billion,
Delta: N7.39 billion,
Ekiti: N2.16 billion,
Edo: N2.54 billion,
Ebonyi: N2.99 billion,
Enugu : N3.34 billion,
Gombe : N2.61 billion,
Imo : N2.97 billion
Jigawa: N3.82 billion,
Kaduna: N4.23 billion,
Kano: N5.2 billion,
Katsina: N4 billion,
Kebbi : N3.36 billion
Kogi : N3.39 billion.
Kwara : N2.77 billion.
Lagos N7.92 billion,
Nassarawa : N2.92 billion,
Niger : N3.49 billion
Ogun : N2.16 billion,
Ondo : N4.18 billion,
Osun : N868.9 million,
Oyo : N3.53 billion,
Plateau : N2.31 billion,
Rivers: N9.05 billion
Sokoto: N3.62 billion,
Taraba: N2.89 billion
Yobe : N3.29 billion,
Zamfara: N2.58 billion.

The amount distributed included the Gross Statutory revenue, Value Added Tax, exchange gain, N35 billion excess Petroleum Profit Tax and 13 percent derivation to oil producing states.

The oil producing states are Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers.

The report also revealed that the Federal Capital Territory got N4.7 billion from the Federal Government’s share of the distributable revenue in September.

Kwara State Government Denies Receiving N1tr in Allocation

Kwara State government has debunked claims by a group, “Organising Kwara Political Action Group” that it has collected over one trillion naira in federal allocations between the last administration of Dr. Bukola Saraki and the current administration of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ahmed on Media and Communications, Dr. Muideen Akorede, the state government described the allegations as ill-informed and driven by deliberate falsehood.

The statement said that the State has witnessed unprecedented development from 2003 till date, saying that the Saraki administration implemented various road, electricity and water projects across the State including construction of township roads within Ilorin.

It listed other projects executed by Saraki to include the Kwara State University (KWASU), Ilorin International Airport and the International Aviation College, Harmony Advanced Diagnostic Centre, Upgrading of Asa Dam waterworks and Phase one of Ilorin Water reticulation projects, and urban and rural electrification project.

According to the statement, Governor Ahmed consolidated on the achievements recorded by his predecessor by completing most inherited projects and implementing new ones across all sectors, which have contributed to the State’s development.

These include the innovative City and Guilds of London-backed International Vocational Centre in Ajase-Ipo, KWASU’s ultra-modern Engineering Complex and renovation and equipping five general hospitals in Ilorin, Shaare, Omu-aran, Offa and Kaiama with state-of-the-art facilities.

The statement noted that the present administration also executed different rural and urban road projects across the State as well as people-oriented programmes such as youth empowerment scheme and Micro-credit Intervention scheme under which a cumulative N1.9b has been disbursed to over 50, 000 small business owners in the State.

In the Housing sector, the statement disclosed that Governor Ahmed in March flagged off the construction of 1, 000 hosuing units at Budo-Osho area of Tanke, Ilorin as part of effort to reduce the State’s housing deficit.

The statement added that the state government has commenced the implementation of critical grass-root developmental projects in 192 wards across the State under its N850m World Bank supported Community Development programme.

It also noted that it is completely untrue that workers in the State have not been receiving regular payments for the past three years, stressing that Kwara is one of the few states that have continued to pay salaries regularly despite the current economic downturn that has affected the capacity of most state governments to pay workers’ salaries.

On infrastructure, the statement stressed that the fact that the government had conducted a study on infrastructural needs of the State and has identified a N225 billion gap shows how visionary and serious the government is.

It added that the State government has outlined a plan to bridge the infrastructural deficit gap with the establishment of the Kwara Infrastructure Development Fund, (IFK). Under the IFK, the state government intends to inject over N11.1b to fund infrastructural projects including the construction of Geri-Alimi Diamond Underpass flagged off last week.

As regards the issue of water reticulation project, the statement explained that the project was broken into phases, noting that the first phase was executed by the administration of Dr. Saraki, while the second phase was implemented by Governor Ahmed during his first tenure.

According to the statement, the final phase, which will ensure adequate water supply to most neighbourhoods across Ilorin metropolis, is currently being implemented.

The statement also maintained that the Kwara State government has consistently demonstrated accountability and transparency to the people as evidenced by its monthly publication of federal allocation and JAAC figures.

Tambuwal advocates review of revenue allocation formula

Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has called for urgent review of the revenue allocation formula, to favour states and local governments.

Tambuwal made the call when he received various professional groups who paid him Sallah homage on Wednesday in Sokoto.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the groups included Sokoto Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, Association of Resident Communities, Coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations, among others.

“The state and the local governments are the closest tiers of government to the people, unfortunately, they are getting less than the Federal Government from the Federation Account.

“The ugly trend should be reversed in favour of states and local governments to enable them meet the overwhelming demands of the grassroots,” the governor said.

Tambuwal rejected calls for the “geographical” restructuring of Nigeria, saying that instead, the country should focus on fiscal restructuring.

On unity, the governor said dialogue must be adopted by all aggrieved groups to address percieved problems in the country.

“We believe in the unity of the country and the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable.

“Dialogue is also the most potent tool to resolve all problems, anywhere and at anytime.

“There are really challenges in Nigeria, and it is not peculiar to the nation, and these challenges are surmountable.”

Tambuwal promised to revive ailing industries in the state in partnership with the chamber, and adopt policies to bolster trade and commerce.

August Allocation: Kwara LGs Receive N180m Augmentation

The 16 local government councils in Kwara State are to receive an augmentation of N180, 554, 384 from the Joint Allocation Accounts Committee (JAAC) to enable them meet salary and pension obligations for the month of August.

The Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Demola Banu, who disclosed this after the JAAC meeting on Tuesday, said that LG pensioners got N59.4million in addition to the N109, 255, 995 that was appropriated.

He added that the LG workers will share the remaining N121, 154, 384 in addition to the N343, 204, 644 that was released to them. Alhaji Banu stated that the augmentation became necessary as the August allocation was far lesser than what is required for the councils to meet their salary and pension obligations.

Giving a further breakdown of the allocation distribution for August, the Finance Commissioner revealed that the gross statutory allocation for the LGs stood at N1, 014, 706, 902.57; exchange gain difference of N400, 092, 205.09 and VAT of 352, 876, 481.73.

According to him, the sum of N273, 114, 949.65 was deducted at source as repayment for the LGs previous-salary related borrowings from banks. After the deductions, the net statutory allocation for the LGs stood at N1, 494, 560, 639.74.

He disclosed that the sum of N1, 040, 600, 000 was appropriated for basic education teachers’ salary. In addition, 10 per cent of the State’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the month of August representing N59.4million was added to the teachers’ salary, making a total of N1.1billion.

Continuing, Alhaji Banu said that N343, 204, 644.63 was appropriated for LG employees’ salaries, while N109, 255, 995.11 was released for LG pensioners’ arrears. Other deductions are 1% training fund, which stands at N500, 000 and 0.5% JAAC budget representing N1million.

The Commissioner decried the drop in August allocation to the LGs, noting that it is far lower than the amount required by the councils to meet their monthly salary and pension obligations. He, however, expressed optimism that subsequent allocations will improve as the Niger Delta Avengers have promised to stop attacks on oil facilities.

Meanwhile, the State government has assured that it remains committed to assisting the local councils in meeting their salary obligations in the face of scarce resources.

The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed on Media and Communications, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, who said this while briefing journalists after the JAAC meeting, stressed that the state government is worried about the workers’ plight, assuring that the government’s commitment to assist LGs remains firm.

He, however, hinted that the assistance will be rendered within the limit of the law and resources at the disposal of the State government.

2016 Budget Fraud: Reps Block Ministry’s Controversial N1 Billion Allocation

The budget defence of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, on Thursday, ended in a stalemate over controversial allocations to the ministry.

There are proposals of N1.07 billion for “optic fibre and satellite space segment” and N50 million for “global communication network computer” in the ministry’s budget. The budget was presented by the minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, on Thursday.

Both budget subheads are meant for a global communication project to connect Nigeria’s 119 diplomatic missions to the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

However, the chairman of the House Committee, Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje, insisted that appropriations had been made “many times” for the project in the previous budgets.

Mrs. Ukeje disclosed that a total of N9billion had been appropriated for the project in the past.

She questioned the non-completion of the project over the years and the need for over N1 billion naira for the project in the 2016 budget.

Interestingly, officials of the ministry, including the minister, the permanent secretary, director of finance and administration, spoke different times without responding to Mrs. Ukeje’s probe.

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Presidency Revises 2016 Budget, Reduces Allocation For…

The Presidency has drastically cut its N8.09 billion provision in the 2016 budget for the purchase of various brands of vehicles for State House operations during the year.

A review of the fresh copy of the budget uploaded to the website of the Budget Office of the Federation on Friday showed a massive cut by about 83.5 per cent in the total allocation for the vehicles.

The government will now spend only N1.34 billion to buy only five BMW saloon cars and jeeps as well as buses for use by the Presidency during the year.

Apart from the reduction in the provision for vehicles, there were other adjustments in the previous allocations to various departments and units in the Presidency contained in the original budget.

A total of N7.52 billion was provided previously for the purchase of various exotic vehicles, including BMW saloon cars, in addition to another N566 million for the procurement of vehicles, including 16-seater Toyota Hiace coaster buses for the State House.

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National Assembly Allocation Higher Than States’ Budgets- Report

After months of public outcry over its lavish annual budget, Nigeria’s National Assembly has finally accepted a N20 billion cut to its budget, the first time it would do so since 2011.

This year, the National Assembly will spend N130 billion, and no longer N150 billion, according to the 2015 Appropriation Act signed this month by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Since 2011, the legislature had maintained a super annual budget package of N150 billion, with details of the spending kept top secret for four years.

Even as Nigeria faced a devastating revenue shortage due to sliding oil price in 2014, the Nigerian government proposed another N150 billion for the lawmakers for the 2015 fiscal year.

But while the lawmakers have now agreed a N20 billion cut following months of criticism, its new N130 billion allocation still outweighs the individual budgets of 19 states in Nigeria, PREMIUM TIMES analysis has shown.

Only 17 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory Administration have budgets that are equal to, or above that of the National Assembly.

The federal legislature consisting of the Senate, the House of Representatives, the National Assembly Service Commission and the Legislative Institute of Nigeria; has just over 2,000 persons.

The National Assembly has 469 members in addition to legislative aides and other support staff which are less than 1, 600 persons.

On the contrary, every state of the Federation have the full complements of the legislature, the executive, the judiciary, a robust civil service, and of course millions of citizens to care for.

Some of the states with smaller budgets include Ebonyi (N80 billion), Yobe (N80.6 billion) Niger (80.8 billion), Ekiti (N80.9 billion), Gombe (N86. 8 billion), Zamfara (N92.8 billion), and Enugu (N96.7 billion).
Others are Taraba, Benue, Jigawa and Adamawa. (See full list below).

Currently, the national lawmakers have been found to be paying themselves salaries and allowances outside the recommendations of the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC.

A former RMAFC’s Chairman, Hamman Tukur, had publicly accused the legislators of paying themselves illegal salaries and allowances.

In a year, the senators pocket over N19.6 billion while members of the House of Representatives earn N38.8 billion in allowances apart from other official perks.

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