Reps Approve 2019 Budget Of N346.4bn For NDDC

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and others during plenary in Abuja on March 4, 2020. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

The House of Representatives has adopted the report of its Committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on the 2019 budget of N346.4 billion for the agency.

The lawmakers approved the report on Wednesday during plenary in the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

A breakdown of the total figure shows that N22.3 billion is for personnel cost and N13.5 billion is earmarked for overhead expenditure.

The sum of N4.1 billion was allocated for capital expenditure while N305.5 billion was for development projects.

Meanwhile, a bill for the establishment of the South-South Development Commission has scaled second reading in the House.

The bill for an act to provide for the establishment of the Federal University of Technology, Asaba, Delta State was also read and passed for the second time.

It seeks to promote and develop technical education and make comprehensive provisions for its due management in the country.

A total of 19 bills introduced on the floor of the house also passed the first reading.

See the list of the bills and their respective sponsors below:

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.754) by Mohammed Monguno.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.755) by Mohammed Monguno.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.756) by Mohammed Monguno.

Allocation of Revenue (Federation Account, Etc.)  Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB.757) by Mohammed Monguno.

Nigerian Independent Warehouse Regulatory Agency (Establishment) Bill, 2020 (HB.758) by Ossai Ossai and Ari Abdulmumin.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.759) by Ben Igbakpa.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.760) by Ben Igbakpa.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.761) by Ben Igbakpa.

Electoral Act (Amendment Bill, 2020 (HB.762) by Aishatu Dukku.

Electoral Act (Amendment Bill, 2020 (HB.763) by Saeed Abdullahi.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.764) by Saeed Abdullahi.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.765) by Saeed Abdullahi.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.766) by Saeed Abdullahi.

Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Alteration) Bill, 2020 (HB.767) by Igariwey Enwo.

Federal University of Ndufu-Alike Ikwo Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB.768) by Chinedu Ogah.

Federal Polytechnics Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB.769) by Chinedu Ogah.

Federal Polytechnics Act (Amendment) Bill,2020 (HB.770) by Nasiru Daura.

Federal Colleges of Education Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (HB.771) by Nasiru Daura.

Procurement Integrity Bill, 2020 (HB.772) by Nasiru Daura.

UN Seeks Budget Increase To Fight Climate Change

A photo of the United Nations emblem
A photo of the United Nations emblem

 

A major spending boost is needed to bolster agriculture in the fight against hunger, poverty, and other consequences of climate change, the head of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development told AFP.

“We are seeking a 1.7 billion dollar contribution,” from member states to cover 2022 to 2024, IFAD president Gilbert Houngbo told AFP on Monday.

“The needs have considerably increased,” with the rise in hunger around the world, he added, explaining what would amount to a 54 percent jump in the budget for the UN agency tackling poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries.

“This leads us to launch an appeal which is all the more exceptional because of the growing challenges linked to the climate,” the former Togolese prime minister said in a telephone interview.

The appeal would be made at the fund’s board meeting in Rome this week.

The fund solicited $1.2 billion in voluntary contributions from member states in 2017 and received $1.1 billion.

G7 and Nordic countries have been the main donors, stumping up three-quarters of the budget, followed by China, the Netherlands, India, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Ireland and Austria.

IFAD hopes to double its impact by 2030 and help more than 250 million people living in rural areas to increase their income by at least 20 percent.

The number of people suffering from malnutrition has been on the increase since 2015 and reached 820 million in 2018.

Hunger and small-scale agriculture are intricately linked as 80 percent of the poor live in rural areas and small farmers account for half of the food by calories produced in the world. With climate change making it more difficult to farm in some areas, there is added pressure for migration.

“Our objective is to show that all these subjects are linked, that we shouldn’t treat them in silos,” said Houngbo.

“It is impossible to eradicate poverty,” one of the UN’s goals, “if we don’t start with small producers,” he added.

The World Bank estimates that climate change could push more than 100 million people into poverty, with half of that due to its impact on agriculture such as inadequate rain and lower yields.

Houngbo called for shifting some of the climate change funding which overwhelmingly goes towards helping reduce pollution to ameliorating its impact.

In particular he advocated investing in equipment and stockage infrastructure in Africa where as much as 40 percent of production is lost due to a lack of machinery and adequate storage. This would in turn reduce pressure on land and water resources, and need for fertiliser.

 

AFP

Yahaya Signs N130.83bn Gombe 2020 Budget

Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, signs the state’s 2020 budget as Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Abubakar Kurba, and other look at the Government House in Gombe on December 27, 2019.

 

 

Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, has signed the 2020 budget passed by the Gombe State House of Assembly into law.

He assented to the bill during a brief ceremony on Friday at the Government House in Gombe, north-east Nigeria.

The N130.83 billion Appropriation Act tagged ‘Budget of Change’ has N71.04 billion for capital expenditure while N59.78 billion is for recurrent expenditure.

Governor Yahaya was confident that the budget would bring the desired change to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people, in line with the government’s next level agenda.

He commended members of the State House of Assembly for the expeditious consideration and passage of the budget.

The governor also assured residents of logical implementation to ensure that the people enjoy the dividends of democracy through good governance.

“With the passage and signing into law of the 2020 budget, the onus now lies on us to live up to expectation and justify the confidence reposed in us by the people,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Ismaila Misilli.

Governor Yahaya added, “This time around, no excuse will be tolerated because the budget so passed and assented to belongs to us.”

He noted that it was the first time the state involved the public in the budget process through a town hall engagement with stakeholders, before presenting it to the State Executive Council and laying it before the House for legislative scrutiny and eventual passage.

The governor commended the state Ministry of Finance, as well as the office of the Special Adviser on Budget, Planning, and Development Partners Coordination for playing vital roles throughout the budget process.

Earlier, the Speaker of Gombe State House of Assembly, Abubakar Kurba, said the House was delighted and proud of the performance of the governor.

He gave the assurance that they would continue to cooperate with the present administration to bequeath a Gombe which the up-coming generation would be proud of.

UN Raises 2020 Budget, To Investigate War Crimes In Syria, Myanmar

A photo of the United Nations emblem
A photo of the United Nations emblem

 

The United Nations General Assembly on Friday adopted a $3.07 billion operating budget which for the first time includes funding for the investigation of war crimes in Syria and Myanmar.

The budget represents a slight increase from 2019’s figure of $2.9 billion.

The increase is due to additional missions assigned to the UN Secretariat, inflation and exchange rate adjustments, according to diplomats.

These include the observer mission in Yemen, a political mission established in Haiti, the investigation of crimes committed in Syria since the outbreak of civil war in 2011, and in Myanmar after the 2017 crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority.

For the first time, the budgets for the Syria and Myanmar investigations — which were previously financed by voluntary contributions — will in 2020 be transferred to the UN secretariat’s budget and will receive compulsory contributions from the 193 member states.

Russia proposed multiple amendments during negotiations in the Committee on Budgetary Questions meeting and in the General Assembly plenary session.

At each vote, Russia, Syria, Myanmar and their supporters, including North Korea, Iran, Nicaragua and Venezuela, were outvoted. They all stated that they dissociated themselves from references to investigative mechanisms in the adopted resolutions.

Russia said it would examine its future obligatory payments in light of the vote outcome and predicted an increase in the arrears that currently plague the UN’s treasury due to countries not paying enough.

Moscow argued Friday the investigative mechanism was illegitimate, while Damascus stressed that it had no mandate from the Security Council.

The UN’s operating budget is separate from the annual budget for peacekeeping operations of some $6 billion that is adopted in June.

PHOTOS: Bauchi Govt Budgets N167bn For 2020

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, presents the 2020 Appropriation Bill to members of the State House of Assembly on December 10, 2019.

 

 

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has presented the 2020 Appropriation Bill of over N167 billion to members of the State House of Assembly.

A breakdown of the estimate shows that capital expenditure gulps 57 per cent of the budget while recurrent expenditure represents 43 per cent.

The bill tagged “Budget of Renewal of Hope,” is less than the figure proposed in the last two previous years.

Education has the lion’s share with over N26 billion representing 16.10 per cent, closely followed by the health sector with a proposal of over N25 billion representing 15.41 per cent.

In his presentation, Governor Mohammed explained that the idea of the reduction was to avoid an overly ambitious budget that does not achieve implementation goals.

He listed the areas of priority in the budget as health, education, agriculture, job creation, women and youth development, as well as poverty reduction and community development.

See more photos of the budget presentation below:

Education Get Highest Allocation As Gombe Budgets N130.668bn

Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, presents the 2020 Appropriation Bill to members of the State House of Assembly on December 9, 2019.

 

 

Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, has proposed a total of N130,668,737,593.48 tagged ‘Budget of Change’ for the 2020 fiscal year in the state.

He presented the 2020 Appropriation Bill to members of the State House of Assembly during plenary on Monday in Gombe.

In his remarks, the governor informed the lawmakers that his administration intended to spend over N59 billion and N71 billion on recurrent and capital expenditure respectively.

This, according to him, represents a shift in the government’s approach to the welfare of the people and the development of the state.

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Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, presents the 2020 Appropriation Bill to members of the State House of Assembly on December 9, 2019.

 

Governor Inuwa explained that some of the key areas the government would focus on included agriculture, education, water, youth and women development.

He disclosed that education gulped the highest allocation followed by infrastructure, as well as health making the central focus on capital expenditure.

In his response, the Speaker of the House, Sadiq Abubakar, assured the governor that the lawmakers would pass the appropriation bill as soon as possible to ensure the people of Gombe enjoy the dividends of democracy.

Speaker of Gombe State House of Assembly, Sadiq Abubakar.

Reps Pass N10.59tn 2020 Budget

 

 

The House of Representatives has passed the 2020 budget of 10,594,362,364,830 naira.

During plenary on Thursday, the lawmakers insisted that the budget will run from 1st January to 31st December 2020, thereby returning the country to the January to December budget cycle.

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In the budget, the ministry of works gets the highest capital allocation of 315,563,564,269 while education gets a capital budget of 84,728,529,572.

The health sector follows closely with a capital budget of 59,909,430,837.

The national assembly also increased its budget from 125 billion to 128 billion.

Senate Passes 2020 Budget

 

 

The Senate on Thursday passed the 2020 Appropriation Bill. 

In passing the budget, the lawmakers increased the total sum from N10.330,416,607 to N10.594,362,364.

The Senate also increased the benchmark price of crude from 55$ to 57$, however, the exchange rate at N305 to 1$ was retained.

Senator Ibrahim Jibrin, the chairman committee on appropriations explained that budget figure was increased to allow for interventions in critical areas of national security, road infrastructure, health, social needs, water as well as mines and steel development.

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan had announced on Wednesday that the 2020 Appropriation bill before the parliament will be passed today the 5th of December.

He informed lawmakers at plenary shortly after the Public Procurement Act 2007 amendment bills were passed, which he believes, will complement the 2020 budget.

According to Lawan, the Public Procurement bill passed by the upper chamber is the icing on the cake on the eventual passage of the 2020 budget.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Shuaibu Isah Lau (PDP, Taraba North), in his presentation, said: “certain amendments were made on the bills to encapsulate the ingredients of the varied views collated from experts and professionals, aimed at adding value to the Procurement Act.”

The Senate, in a clause-by-clause consideration of the bill, adopted the recommendations of the committee with slight amendments made to Section 1 under the Establishment of National Council on Public Procurement.

The Senate also adopted the committee’s recommendation on the issuance of Certificate of No Objection which shall be issued by a Committee of Directors of the Bureau to the chaired by the Director-General of the Public Procurement Bureau.

“The public procurement process in Nigeria has been a big bottleneck for some time, probably since it was passed.

“I believe that with this amendment, the procurement process will be faster and better, as will be the budget implementation process.

“Surely, this bill will have to go to the House of Representatives for them to concur.

Similarly, the upper chamber considered the recommendation of the committee to review upwards the mobilization fee from 15 percent to 20 percent for local contractors as insufficient.

Accordingly, Section 35 of the Act was amended to provide for not more than thirty percent mobilization for local contractors.

The amendment for an upward review of thirty-five percent mobilization for local contractors was initially proposed by Senator Jibrin Barau (APC, Kano North) and seconded by Ibikunle Amosun (APC, Ogun Central).

The Senate, however, settled for a thirty-percent review moved by Senator Abba Moro (PDP, Benue South) and seconded by Senator Rose Oko (PDP, Cross River North).

House Of Reps Increases 2020 Budget To N10.6tn

 

 

The House of Representatives has increased the 2020 Appropriation Bill from N10.33 trillion to about N10.6 trillion.

The new figure was proposed by the House Committee on Finance at plenary on Wednesday.

Below is the report breakdown as presented by the Senate Committee.

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A Bill for an Act to authorize the issue from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation the total sum of N10,594,362,364,830 (Ten Trillion, Five Hundred and Ninety-Four Billion, Three Hundred and Sixty – Two Million, Three Hundred and Sixty – Four Thousand, Eight Hundred and Thirty Naira)only, of which N 560,470,827,235 (Five Hundred and Sixty Billion, Four Hundred and Seventy Million, Eight Hundred and Twenty-Seven Thousand, Two Hundred and Thirty – Five Naira) only, is for Statutory Transfers, N 2,725,498,930,000 (Two Trillion, Seven Hundred and Twenty – Five Billion, Four Hundred and Ninety-Eight Million, Nine Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Naira) only, is for Debt Service, N 4,842,974,600,640 (Four Trillion, Eight Hundred and Forty – Two Billion, Nine Hundred and Seventy-Four Million, Six Hundred Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty Naira) only, is for Recurrent (Non-Debt) Expenditure while the sum of N 2,465,418,006,955 (Two Trillion, Four Hundred and Six – Five Billion, Four Hundred and Eighteen Million, Six Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty – Five Naira) only, is for contribution to the Development Fund for Capital Expenditure for the year ending on 31 day of December, 2020 (Referred: 10/10/2019).

President Muhammadu Buhari had on October 8, 2019, presented the appropriation bill to a joint session of the National Assembly.

There are plans by the National Assembly to pass the bill before Christmas, as to reset the nation’s budget pattern.

Cross River Govt Proposes N1.1 Trillion Budget For 2020

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The Cross-River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has presented an appropriation bill of N1.1 trillion, for the 2020 fiscal year.

Tagged ‘Budget of Olipotic Meristemasis’ Governor Ayade disclosed that the budget has a capital expenditure of N911 billion representing 82.8 per cent and a recurrent expenditure of N188 billion, representing 17.2 per cent of the budget.

Speaking at the Chambers of the Cross-River State House of Assembly, Ayade described the budget as one that is anchored on a belief “in the spiritual force which is the third energy.”

While explaining that meristemasis is the active cell that stimulates growth in a young plant, which in this case, represents the state, he pointed out that, “the budget will catalyse into existence a great opportunity for everyone to put their hands and legs on the pedal and fill it off”.

He said the decision to allocate 82.8 per cent of the budget to capital expenditure, was indicative of our aggressive commitment that will continue to reduce recurrent expenditure and focus on capital expenditure.

8th National Assembly Sometimes Keeps Budget For Seven Months – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari meets with the Conference of Speakers at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on November 21, 2019.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari says the leadership of the 8th National Assembly sometimes kept the budget for months after presentation before passing it.

He disclosed this to the Conference of Speakers who visited him on Thursday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

“The 8th National Assembly sometimes kept the budget for seven months and I had to call the Senate President and the Speaker then.

“I told them by delaying passage of the budget, you are not hurting Buhari, but the people” the President was quoted as saying in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

He decried that the delay persisted in spite of his efforts to seek more understanding from the former leaders of the Assembly.

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President Buhari urged lawmakers in the country to always place the interest of the people first in all deliberations and negotiations.

He said the autonomy of state legislatures has been constrained by the Constitution, adding that the laws of the land have upheld the standard for all public officers and institutional operations.

According to the President, the Constitution must be adhered to or altered to reflect some dynamics and realities of the country.

“I try as much as I can to always be loyal and obedient to the Constitution so long as it is humanly possible,” he said.

President Buhari also gave assurance that his administration would keep pursuing the prosperity of all Nigerians by creating more jobs for the people, and plugging the weaknesses exploited by many to make quick money.

He added that he would ensure equity and fairness that put the ordinary Nigerian on top priority, as well as continue to focus on health, education, infrastructure and improving lives through social intervention programmes.

The President said, “We have in the last four years dedicated significant resources to key social services sectors especially in health, education, as well as our massive social investment programmes.

“We have also started restoring our infrastructure to levels that this country expects. I also want to assure you that we remain committed to ensuring that equity and fairness prevail in governance.”

“I will ensure that we consult your conference to further enhance the positive impact of our interventions across the country,” he told the Speakers.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers and Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, commended the President for the fight against corruption and insurgency, and efforts to ensure financial autonomy for the legislature and judiciary.

He, however, said the legislatures would be further pleased if the President issues an executive order directing the Accountant General of the Federation to separate funds for the state legislature and judiciary at the source.

Obasa also urged the President to consider supporting the devolution of powers to states on some issues on the exclusive list, such as railway and the police for more effective governance.