2023: No Going Back On Electronic Transmission Of Results, INEC Reassures


 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reiterated its commitment to the transmission of results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV) in real-time for the 2023 elections. 

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, gave the assurances on Wednesday during the Commission’s quarterly meeting with political parties for the year 2022 in Abuja.

“On this note, let me once again reassure Nigerians that there is no going back on the deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for voter accreditation. There is no going back on the transmission of results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV) in real-time on Election Day,” he noted.

“There will be no Incident Form that enables ineligible persons to vote using other people’s Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) during elections. We are committed to ensuring that the 2023 General Election is transparent and credible, reflecting the will of the Nigerian people.”

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He also assured “Nigerians that our process of cleaning up the register is robust. After a rigorous cleaning-up of the data using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), a total of 2,780,756 (22.6%) were identified as ineligible registrants and invalidated from the record, among them double/multiple registrants, underage persons, and outrightly fake registrations that fail to meet our business rules. Consequently, the number of valid registrations (post-ABIS) is 9, 518, 188.”

According to the INEC chairman, 9,518,188 new voters have been added to the existing register of 84,004,084 voters, with the preliminary register of voters in Nigeria now standing at 93,522,272.

“It is preliminary because Section 19(1) and (2) of the Electoral Act 2022 requires the Commission to display the hard copies of the register of voters for each Registration Area (Ward) and Local Government Area (and simultaneously publish the entire register on the Commission’s website) for a period of two weeks for scrutiny, claims and objections by citizens not later than 90 days to a General Election,” Yakubu added.

The INEC boss further said, “Accordingly, in the next few days, the Commission will print 9,352,228 pages of the register. The hard copy will be displayed for each of the 8,809 Registration Areas (Wards) and 774 Local Government Areas nationwide while the entire register will be published on our website for claims and objections as required by law.

“The display of the physical register will take place at the designated centers from Saturday 12th – Friday 25th November 2022. Further details, including the procedure for filing claims and objections, will be released by the Commission next week. I would like to appeal to all Nigerians to seize the opportunity of the display to scrutinize the list and help us to clean it up further so that the final register of voters for the 2023 General Election can be compiled and published.

“The Commission is also working hard to ensure the completion of printing of remaining PVCs for new voters as well as those that applied to transfer or the replacement of their lost or damaged cards. In the coming days, we will also inform Nigerians of the detailed plan to ensure a seamless collection of the PVCs. We are aware that Nigerians expect an improvement in the procedure for PVC collection. Since the end of the CVR in July this year, we have been working to ensure that citizens have a pleasant experience when they come to collect their cards.

“Beyond voter registration and the compilation of the voters’ register, the Commission has released the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the three off-cycle Governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States holding on Saturday 11th November 2022. Hard copies of the Timetable are included in your folders for this meeting and also published on our website and social media platforms.”

Osun Election: I Have Worked Very Hard, I Should Win – Oyetola

 

Osun State Governor, on Saturday, said having worked very hard for over three years, he should win the governorship election as officials begin counting the votes.

He stated this shortly after casting his vote at Unit 2, Ward 1, LA Primary School, Popo, Iragbiji in Boripe Local Government Area.

He commended security agencies and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for doing what he described as a good job.

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Oyetola, who is also the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate for the election, described the process as peaceful.

Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, is confident of winning the July 16, 2022 governorship election in Osun State.

 

“I worked very hard, I believe I should win the election,” the APC candidate said. “I believe I have worked very hard in the first three years and seven months, I have done very well in all areas. I don’t have to start to enumerate.

“People have actually reposed a lot of confidence in this administration, they want continuity. In any case, I do not take that for granted. I went to all the local government areas and one area office campaigning.

Though 15 political parties participated in the election, the top contenders are Governor Oyetola and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ademola Adeleke.

They both met at the 2018 governorship election and are meeting again for the second time to test their popularity.

Oyetola polled 255,505 votes to defeat the PDP candidate who scored a total of 255,023 votes.

Although Adeleke had led Oyetola with 353 votes at the end of the first round of ballots, after the rerun, Oyetola won with 482 votes.

No Plans For 100-Minute Games At World Cup – FIFA

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FIFA responded on Wednesday to speculation that it might change the format of games in the World Cup by insisting the basic length of matches in Qatar would remain 90 minutes.

“Following some reports and rumours spread today, FIFA would like to clarify that there will be no changes to the rules regarding the length of football matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 or any other competition,” said the governing body of world football in a terse statement.

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Social media, and some more traditional news outlets such as Italian sports daily Corriere dello Sport, had reported that FIFA president Gianni Infantino was considering encouraging referees to play more stoppage time, effectively extending games to 100 minutes, to make up for the amount of time the ball is not in play.

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List Of Key Golden Globe Winners

Gold House Executive Director Jeremy Tran, RespectAbility VP of Communications and Entertainment & News Media Lauren Appelbaum, Senior Vice President of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau Kyle Bowser, HFPA President Helen Hoehne, HFPA Chief Diversity Officer Neil Phillips, and IllumiNative’s Bird Runningwater speaking onstage during the 79th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton on January 9, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California.  Emma McIntyre / HFPA / AFP

 

Here are the winners in key categories for the 79th Golden Globe Awards, which were announced on Sunday with no audience present as the industry boycotted the troubled gala.

 FILM

Best film, drama: “The Power of the Dog”

Best film, musical or comedy: “West Side Story”

Best actor, drama: Will Smith, “King Richard”

Best actress, drama: Nicole Kidman, “Being the Ricardos”

Best actor, musical or comedy: Andrew Garfield, “tick, tick… BOOM!”

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Best actress, musical or comedy: Rachel Zegler, “West Side Story”

Best supporting actor: Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog”

Best supporting actress: Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story”

Best director: Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”

Best Screenplay: Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast”

Best animated film: “Encanto”

Best non-English language film: “Drive My Car”

 TELEVISION

Best drama series: “Succession”

Best musical or comedy series: “Hacks”

Best limited series or TV motion picture: “The Underground Railroad”

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Happy New Year! Nigerians Usher In 2022

Worshippers hold up lit candles as they pray during a crossover service at a church in Abuja. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun

 

Nigeria has joined the rest of the world in ushering in 2022 after another tumultuous and pandemic-ridden year capped by soaring case numbers, insecurity, economic challenges, and a slight glimmer of hope for better times ahead.

From fireworks cracking up in the air to worshippers in church to mark the crossover, many are optimistic that the coming year would provide a softer landing than 2021.

Religious bodies such as the Christian Association of Nigeria had earlier called on citizens to pray for God’s mercy in 2022.

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In a New Year message signed on Friday by the CAN President Samson Ayokunle, the group said Nigerians irrespective of their religious affiliations should “cry for the mercy of God” that can preserve the nation and bring an end to all insecurity.

Also wishing citizens a happy new year, President Muhammadu Buhari urged them to envision a year of continued progress against the nation’s combined challenges arising from security and socio-economic issues.

“The path to nationhood is often fraught with unpredictable difficulties and challenges, and most tried and tested nations have often prevailed through dogged determination, resilience, concerted commitment to unity, and the conviction that the whole of the nation, standing together against all odds, is by far greater and would ultimately be more prosperous and viable than the sum of its distinguishable parts,” he said.

The President also called on the people, irrespective of their religious and political affiliation, to come together in the fight to keep the country united against all odds.

He admitted that the persistent insecurity in parts of the country may have threatened the overall objective of his administration to position the nation on the irreversible trajectory of sustainable growth and progress.

President Buhari, however, assured that the government would remain resolute in its commitments and would continue to press ahead with its programmes and plans.

Meanwhile, as the festivities are still ongoing, the Federal Government has declared January 3, 2022, as a public holiday in celebration of the New Year.

New Year’s Eve fireworks light up the sky over Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge during the fireworks show on January 1, 2022. Mohammad FAROOQ / AFP

 

Elsewhere across the world, 2022 was ushered in with scaled-back celebrations due to new restrictions aimed at slowing soaring Covid cases — although hope remained for a better new year.

The past 12 months saw a new US president and a fresh Adele album, the first spectator-free Olympics, and dreams of democracy from Afghanistan to Sudan and Hong Kong crushed by authoritarian regimes.

But the pandemic — now entering its third year — still dominated life around the globe.

More than 5.4 million people have died since the coronavirus was first reported in central China in December 2019.

Countless more have been sickened or subjected to outbreaks, lockdowns and a slew of virus tests.

The year 2021 started with hope as life-saving vaccines were rolled out to around 60 per cent of the world’s population, although many of its poor still have limited access and some of its rich falsely believe the jabs are part of some ill-defined plot.

As the year drew to a close, the emergence of the Omicron variant pushed the number of daily new Covid-19 cases past one million for the first time, according to an AFP tally.

France on Friday became the latest country to announce Omicron was now its dominant coronavirus strain.

In Britain, the United States and even Australia — long a refuge from the pandemic — the variant’s prominence is driving record new cases.

Nigeria Joins Rest Of The World To Usher In 2022. Source: AFP

 

To Party, or Not?

From Seoul to San Francisco, celebrations were again cancelled or curtailed in the face of the surge in infections.

About 7,000 people in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol — half the usual capacity due to Covid restrictions — rang in the new year by eating grapes, one for each time the clock chimed up to 12.

The glitzy Gulf city state of Dubai went ahead with its celebrations despite the surge in infections, with 36 firework displays at 29 locations.

But authorities warned they would fine anyone in attendance not wearing a protective mask.

Police officers patrolled the Champs-Elysees in Paris, lit with glittering red lights and festooned with “2022” balloons, also on the lookout for people without masks.

Most people were simply asked to wear one, but some who argued were fined.

“It is constraining to put on the mask… but it’s no problem” to follow the rule, said Antoine Pham, smiling. The 38-year-old and his partner came from Belgium to Paris for the evening.

In Sydney, which normally bills itself as the “New Year’s Eve capital of the world”, the vast harbour where people gathered to watch the city’s fireworks was notably uncrowded.

With tourists still unable to enter the country and many residents fearful of the rapid spread of Omicron, tens of thousands were estimated to have attended, rather than the usual one million-plus.

Still, the city saw New Year’s Eve in with a bang — igniting six tonnes of technicoloured fireworks that lit up the Opera House and floating barges.

“I’m just trying to focus on the positive things that happened this year,” 22-year-old medical student Melinda Howard told AFP ahead of the show.

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In Tunis, authorities cited the “rise in cases” of coronavirus for the last-minute cancellation of festivities.

In contrast, South Africa — the first country to report Omicron back in November — lifted a curfew late Thursday to allow festivities to go ahead.

Health officials said that a dip in infections in the past week indicated the peak of the current wave had passed — crucially without a significant increase in deaths.

‘This is Serious’

In Rio, celebrations on Copacabana Beach went ahead in a scaled-back format, although crowds of revellers still arrived at the traditional party spot.

After last year’s festivities were cancelled due to Covid, it was a comparatively muted return for Rio, as health measures restricted the numbers of revellers to a fraction of the record three million people from two years ago.

A ban on musical performances, traffic and public transport made for a more diluted atmosphere on the city’s iconic beach.

“I was expecting many more people, and stress, but it’s calm, I like it,” saidColombian neuroscientist Alejandra Luna, 28, whose hope for 2022 is to “kiss and cuddle without thinking much about it.”

In Mexico City, authorities canceled a number of planned mass outdoor events, including a music concert on one of the capital’s main boulevards, following an increase in coronavirus cases.

“Health comes first and the cancellations are sending a kind of message that this is serious,” Victor Arturo Madrid, a 59-year-old teacher, told AFP.

Trying Times

The World Health Organization has warned of trying times ahead, saying Omicron could lead to “a tsunami of cases”.

Many Western leaders have been hesitant to reimpose strict controls seen in 2020, for fear of sparking a new economic downturn.

But on-again-off-again restrictions have still prompted frequent, vocal and occasionally violent anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine and anti-government protests.

US President Joe Biden urged unity for the new year in a video message, during which he also praised “extraordinary” Americans.

“As we head into 2022, I want folks to remember: There’s not a single thing America cannot do when we do it together,” he said on Twitter alongside the video.

Experts and non-experts alike hope that 2022 may be remembered as a new, less deadly phase of the pandemic.

“Hopefully 2022 is going to be better for everyone,” said 31-year-old reveller Oscar Ramirez in Sydney.

“Everyone in the world needs a big change.”

 

 

World Rings In New Year Under COVID Cloud

New Year’s Eve fireworks light up the sky over Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House (L) during the fireworks show on January 1, 2022. DAVID GRAY / AFP

 

The world began ushering in 2022 on Friday after another tumultuous and pandemic-ridden year capped by new restrictions, soaring case numbers, and a slight glimmer of hope for better times ahead.

The past 12 months saw a new US president and a new Adele album, the first spectator-free Olympics, and dreams of democracy from Afghanistan to Myanmar and Hong Kong crushed by authoritarian regimes.

But it was the pandemic — now entering its third year — that again dominated life for most of humankind.

More than 5.4 million people have died since the coronavirus was first reported in central China in December 2019.

Countless more have been sickened — subjected to outbreaks, lockdowns, lock-ins and an alphabet spaghetti of PCR, LFT and RAT tests.

The year 2021 started with hope, as life-saving vaccines were rolled out to around 60 percent of the world’s population, although many of its poor still have limited access and some of its rich believe the jabs are part of some ill-defined plot.

As the year drew to a close, the emergence of the Omicron variant pushed the number of daily new Covid-19 cases past one million for the first time, according to an AFP tally.

France became the latest country to announce Omicron was now its dominant coronavirus strain on Friday.

In Britain, the United States, and even Australia — long a refuge from the pandemic — the variant’s prominence is driving record new cases.

To Party, or Not?

Parts of the Pacific nation of Kiribati became the first to welcome in the new year from 1000 GMT.

But from Seoul to San Francisco, celebrations have again been cancelled or curtailed as infections rise.

In Sydney, which in normal times bills itself as the “New Year’s Eve capital of the world”, the vast harbour where people gathered to watch the city’s famous fireworks was notably uncrowded.

With tourists still unable to enter the country and many residents fearful of the rapid spread of Omicron, tens of thousands were estimated to have attended, rather than the one million-plus who normally flock to the foreshore.

Still, the city saw New Year’s Eve in with a bang — igniting six tonnes of technicoloured fireworks that lit up the Opera House and floating barges, turning the Harbour Bridge rainbow-like.

“I’m just trying to focus on the positive things that happened this year, rather than dwelling on all the bad things that have happened,” 22-year-old medical student Melinda Howard told AFP as she waited for the show.

Dubai is planning a pyrotechnics spectacle at the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, despite a slew of infections in the United Arab Emirates.

Meanwhile the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah will attempt to break two world records with a huge fireworks display.

In South Africa — the first country to report Omicron back in November — a curfew was lifted late Thursday to allow festivities to go ahead.

Health officials said that a dip in infections in the past week indicated the peak of the current wave had passed — crucially without a significant increase in deaths.

‘Only One Desire’

In Rio, celebrations on Copacabana Beach will go ahead in a scaled back format — though crowds of revellers are still expected.

“People have only one desire, to leave their homes, to celebrate life,” 45-year-old Copacabana beach waiter Francisco Rodrigues said.

Some Brazilians are more circumspect, such as Roberta Assis, a 27-year-old lawyer.

“It’s not the moment for large gatherings,” she said.

Authorities in Seoul are showing similar caution, barring spectators from a traditional midnight bell-ringing that will instead be live-streamed.

In India, fearing a repeat of a devastating virus surge that overwhelmed the country in April and May, cities and states have imposed restrictions on gatherings, with Delhi implementing a 10:00 pm curfew.

Mumbai police on Friday issued evening bans on people visiting public places such as the city’s beaches and seafront promenades, normally popular sites for seeing in the new year — with the restrictions set to last two weeks.

Trying Times

The World Health Organization has warned of trying times ahead, saying Omicron could lead to “a tsunami of cases”.

“This… will continue to put immense pressure on exhausted health workers, and health systems on the brink of collapse,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

Many Western leaders have been hesitant to reimpose strict controls seen in 2020, for fear of sparking a new economic downturn.

But on-again-off-again restrictions have still prompted frequent, vocal and occasionally violent anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine and anti-government protests.

Experts and non-experts alike hope that 2022 may be remembered as a new, less deadly phase of the pandemic.

“Hopefully 2022 is going to be better for everyone,” said 31-year-old reveller Oscar Ramirez in Sydney.

“Everyone in the world needs a big change.”

AFCON: Three Players Report To Super Eagles Camp As Preparations Begin

Taiwo Awoniyi (L) and John Noble (R) are among the three players that have arrived at the Super Eagles camp. Credit: NFF

 

Three Super Eagles players have reported to camp in preparation for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament taking place in Cameroon.

The team announced this via its Facebook page on Wednesday, noting that the first player to arrive at the camp was Olisa Ndah, a central defender.

Other players who have arrived are Taiwo Awoniyi and John Noble.

“Olisa Ndah is the first player to arrive at camp. Taiwo Awoniyi and John Noble have arrived at camp… Three players in camp,” it posted.

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The Super Eagles opened its camp on Wednesday for the commencement of preparation for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

While the 33rd edition of the AFCON will hold in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022, the three-time African champions will be camped at the Bolton White Apartment in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

It is expected that players based in the United Kingdom would report to camp on January 3.

The players are Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Emmanuel Dennis, William Troost-Ekong, Frank Onyeka, Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo.

The team will depart for Garoua, Cameroon on January 6, six days before their opening group game against seven-time champions Egypt.

Nigeria have been drawn in Group B alongside Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau.

IGP Describes 2021 As Challenging, Asks Officers To Brace Up For 2022

 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Usman Baba, has described 2021 as challenging owing to threats to internal security by the activities of bandits, secessionists and kidnapping syndicates.

He made the comment while speaking at a meeting with senior police officers in Abuja on Monday.

While commending the senior officers for their efforts in maintaining law and order, the police boss reminded them to brace for the challenges that 2022 may present ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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The police boss also announced plans for the launch of operational vehicles in 2022 to boost the police’s performance to tackle the challenge of insecurity while recruitment of 10,000 police constables is being worked on.

He charged the officers to remain professional in the discharge of their duties while upholding the rights of all persons.

To guard against unprofessionalism among its workforce, he announced that a special operation to monitor the conduct of its men and officers especially during the festive period is in top gear.

Ekiti SSG Resigns, Picks Form To Contest 2022 Governorship Election

Ekiti SSG, Biodun Oyebanji, resigns to pick up APC Nomination Form in Abuja.

 

The Secretary to the Ekiti State Government, Biodun Oyebanji has resigned his position.

This followed the recent directive by Governor Kayode Fayemi that any member of his cabinet and other appointees vying for political offices should resign before December 18.

The former SSG has also proceeded to obtain the Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for the 2022 Ekiti State Gubernatorial election at the headquarters of the All Progressives Congress headquarters in Abuja.

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Oyebanji is the first and only appointee of Governor Fayemi to have taken the bold step of resigning as well as expressing his governorship interest as of now.

Niger Gov Presents N198.2bn Budget Proposal To State Assembly For 2022

File photo of Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State.

 

Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State on Thursday presented a budget estimate of N198, 245, 654, 759,75 billion to the State House of Assembly for the 2022 fiscal year.

Presenting the appropriation bill tagged ‘Budget of Prosperity and Consolidated Development’ before the House, the Governor said the estimate is hinged on six cardinal objectives.

He further explained that the budget estimates comprise N54,282,425,426 billion from statutory allocation, while Value Added Tax is expected to contribute N20,792,440,780 billion.

Other sources of revenue for financing the estimate, according to the governor, are hinged on Internal Generated Revenue which is projected at N17 billion, Dividend from the North-South power company – N500 million, while the Excess Crude Refund is estimated at N4.87 billion.

Giving a breakdown of the expenditure framework for the 2022 budget proposal, Governor Bello said that recurrent expenditure will gulp the sum of N74.1 billion or 37 per cent of the budget as against the N72 billion for 2020.

Capital expenditure is estimated at a whopping N124.9 billion, an increase of N43 billion from last year’s approved N80 billion capital expenditure which represents 62 per cent of the total budget.

Giving a further breakdown of the sectoral allocation, the Governor who noted that this is the last full budget by this administration, said the sum of N87.4 billion has been earmarked for the economic sector.

Other sectors include the social sector N25.6 billion, administrative sector N9 billion and Law and justice sub-sector N760 million.

The Governor insisted that the budget is targeted at completing all ongoing projects, creation of wealth and the security of lives and properties.

Receiving the bill, Speaker of the Assembly, Hon Abdullahi Wuse, commended the Governor for ensuring that the capital budget estimates far outweigh the recurrent expenditure to drive the developmental needs of the state.

He appealed to the Governor to do everything possible towards securing the Local Government Areas of the state in order to ensure that locals who have been displaced return to their villages to boost agricultural inputs and stimulate economic activities in the state.

2022 Budget: FG To Borrow More To Finance N6.258trn Deficit

The Federal Government says the borrowing will be used to fund infrastructure projects. Photo: Facebook/Femi Adesina.

 

The Federal Government on Wednesday announced plans to finance the proposed 2022 budget deficit pegged at N6.258 trillion through fresh borrowings.

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this during a press conference after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, adding that this will aid the funding of the Federal Government’s infrastructure projects.

“Government has been borrowing before this administration and continues to borrow and it is important that we borrow to provide developmental projects in the form of roads, rails, bridges, power and water for sustainable development in this country,” she said.

“If we just depend on the revenues that we get, even though our revenues have increased, the operational expenditure of government, including salaries and other overheads, is barely covered or swallowed up by the revenue.”

The Finance Minister says Nigeria’s borrowing is within healthy limits. Photo:Facebook/ Femi Adesina

 

While defending the government’s borrowings, she said the move is necessary to be able to build projects and to ensure they are developed on a sustainable basis.

In spite of persistent agitations in some quarters against the frequent borrowing by the current administration, the Finance Minister insists that the total size of the borrowing is still within healthy and sustainable limits.

A cross section of FEC members during the meeting held on October 6th, 2021.

 

She added, “Nigeria’s borrowing, has been of great concern and has elicited a lot of discussions. But if you look at the total size of the borrowing, it is still within healthy and sustainable limits. 

“As of July 2021, the total borrowing is 23% of GDP. When you compare our borrowing to other countries, we’re the lowest within the region, lowest compared to Egypt, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, the very lowest, and Angola.

“We do have a problem with revenue. Our revenues have been increasing. We just reported to Council that our revenues from non-oil have performed, as of July, at the rate of 111%, which means outperforming the prorated budget.”

This is coming as the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the 2022 Appropriation Bill for an aggregate expenditure of N16.39 trillion.