PDP Demands Prosecution Of Amaechi, Usman Over ‘Mismanaged’ N165bn NPA Fund

A photo collage of Rotimi Amaechi and Hadiza Bala Usman

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is demanding the investigation, prosecution, and immediate sack of Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and the suspended Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, over alleged mismanagement of over N165billions in the agency.

The party also claimed that the wife of the Minister of Transportation, Mrs. Edith Amaechi is involved in an N48 billion contract scam in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

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“The foul stench of corruption oozing out of the NPA, NDDC and other agencies of government in the last six years has shown that our MDAs have become the cash cows and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) of greedy leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and their cronies in government in their unbridled looting of our patrimony.

“Our party asserts that the fact that it took the minister a clear six years (2016 to 2021) to query the NPA Managing Director over the alleged looting of N165 billion unremitted operating surplus of the agency, which is under his purview, is suspect and raises public belief that he (Amaechi) only acted apparently to shied himself after indicting audit documents had already been exposed.

“This is in addition to reports from the office of Auditor General which also unearthed the looting of unremitted deduction to Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) amounting to N3,667,750,470. $148,845,745.04, Euro 4,891,449.50 and £252,682.14 under the suspended NPA Managing Director and Amaechi’s ministerial supervision,” the PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan said in the statement.

The Party added that the audit report also exposed another N15.18 billion allegedly siphoned through shady Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects by the NPA, an agency under Amaechi’s ministerial purview.

The PDP, therefore, demand that both the minister and the NPA Managing Director should be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigation and possible prosecution.

FG Launches National Policy On Virtual Engagement For MDAs

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

 

 

The Federal government has launched a national policy on virtual engagement, in the Federal Public Institution.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan disclosed this today Tuesday 30th March 2021 during the oversight visit of members of the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public service to the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation in Abuja.

According to her, the Policy is geared towards institutionalizing a framework and standards within Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs), Parastatals, and government-owned companies using virtual engagement as an administrative procedure.

The policy, she added, is in line with the Nigeria e-governance master plan which was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on 14th October 2020, to ensure that work continues unhindered and to evolve a digitalized public service.

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Dr Yemi-Esan reeled out the successes recorded in the last four years with the implementation of the 2017-2020 Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan(FCSSIP), which is a blueprint for the transformation of the Federal Civil Service into a world-class public service institution, to include

i.  The re-design and re-launch of 3 Core-training modules i.e induction course, SMAT-P, Leadership Enhancement, and Development Programme (LEAD-P).

ii.   Acceleration of roll-out of the Human Resource component of the Integrated Personnel Cost and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

iii.   Establishment of a service Innovation Department (SID) in the OHCSF and Service Innovation Divisions in MDAs, charged with the innovative solutions for the benefit of the service.

iv.   Digitization of processes and records of MDAs for further reduction in the overhead cost of MDAs.

v.    Design of Leadership Training Programme in partnership with Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG).

vi.   Payment of the sum of N2. 3 billion out of  N2.5 billion released has been paid as death benefits to the next of kin to deceased officers, adding that the balance will be paid to other beneficiaries as soon as the office receives the requisite attestation from Banks.

She requested the support of Members of the National Assembly during the forth-coming focal group discussion with selected stakeholders, to actualize the success of the proposed successor plan 2021-2025.

In his response, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau commended the HOCSF on digitization and the move towards a paperless Civil Service which will eventually enhance service delivery thereby cutting cost and improve turnaround time.

He described the Civil Service as the wheel on which governance rotates, adding that with a sound Civil Service as the engine room of government, ‘‘political leadership can go out politicking with two eyes closed without falling into any ditch’’.

Senator Shekarau, further requested that Civil Servants should be engaged in continuous training, as the nation stands to benefit from their knowledge and wealth of experience.

Reps To Take Action Against MDAs Which Fail To Implement Budget – Gbajabiamila

A file photo of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday said the House would not hesitate to take action against government agencies that fail to implement the budget as is expected of them.

Gbajabiamila lamented a situation where Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of government fail to implement aspects of the budget for which funds have been allocated and released.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Tuesday by Lanre Lasisi, Special Adviser to the Speaker on media and publicity.

The Speaker said this in a welcome speech at the resumption of plenary after the lawmakers’ annual recess, the Speaker also said members of the House would ensure that they keep their contract with Nigerians.

“Early in the life of the 9th House of Representatives, we promised that we would return to a regular budget cycle, running from January through to December. We kept that promise in our first year and set a standard from which we must not deviate.

“However, there is an ongoing problem of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of government failing to implement projects and programmes for which funds have been provided in the Budget.

“It bears restating that the Appropriation Act is not merely a policy document or a statement of intent. It is the law of the land that binds us all. Any expenditure of public funds outside of the Appropriation Act is a crime, as is a failure to implement programmes and projects for which funds have been allocated and provided.

“But more than that, it is a betrayal of the public trust that undermines faith in the government and frustrates good faith efforts at national development. The House will take action against those who fail in their responsibilities in this regard. I sincerely hope it doesn’t come to that,” Gbajabiamila said.

The Speaker commended President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to the Police Bill, noting, however, that more reforms are needed in the Nigeria Police through additional legislation.

“Two weeks ago, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR signed the Police Reform Act into law. The Act is the first significant reform effort in a generation. It is the beginning and not the end of such measures. The Nigeria Police Force, as it currently operates, has too long and too often failed to meet the expectations of the Nigerian people,” he said.

Gbajabiamila also disclosed that the House has commenced work on the Armed Forces Trust Fund Bill so that in the shortest possible time, we can finalise and pass legislation that ensures once and for all that the resources we need to protect the homeland are never at the mercy of politics or changes in policy or personnel.

On the Petroleum Industry Bill transmitted to the National Assembly by the president, the Speaker assured that this time around, the House would succeed in passing the Bill for it to get the president’s assent.

“This is not the first time that we have initiated the Petroleum Industry Bill or similar efforts at broad oil and gas sector reform in the National Assembly. I assure all Nigerians that we in the 9th House of Representatives fully intend to succeed this time around.

“However, I must appeal to stakeholders in the public and private sector, to the media, to the host communities and all who wish our country well to support this process. Let us reject cynicism and resist all attempts to frustrate this reform effort in service of the narrow interests of any particular group. Let us put Nigeria first so that history may judge us kindly.”

To ensure that the House passes Bills and motions that are in line with its contract with Nigerians, the Speaker announced the setting up of an ad-hoc committee headed by Rep. Henry Nwawuba to guide the implementation of its Legislative Agenda across the Committees and other institutions of the House.

Power Sector Reform: Senate Calls For Review Of Act, Asks MDAs To Pay Debt

Lawmakers during plenary at the Senate chamber in Abuja February 12, 2020. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Senate has called for the review of the Power Sector Reform Act 2005.

This was a decision taken by the Senators on Wednesday during plenary.

The Senators are of the view that the reform of the sector will consolidate the roles of regulators and policymakers; bridge existing gaps in the legal and regulatory framework, and cater to post-privatization operational issues in Nigeria’s power sector.

The position of the Senate was contained in resolutions reached following consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Power on “Addressing Nigeria’s Power Problems.”

Chairman of the Committee, Gabriel Suswam (PDP – Benue North East), in his presentation stressed the need for more consumers to be metered to avoid estimated billing.

He added that the Federal Government’s intervention since the privatization of the power sector in 2012 till date – amounts to N1.5 trillion – a sum used to fund tariff shortfalls that ensured Generating Companies (Gencos) and their respective suppliers were paid for energy delivered and consumed.

Contributing to the debate, Senator Sam Egwu (PDP – Ebonyi North), while lamenting the “decay” in the power sector, described the privatization process that led to the sale of government assets as “faulty and highly compromised.”

The Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, on his part called for the outright discontinuation of subsidy payments on electricity by the Federal Government to Distribution Companies (DISCOs).

The Senate in its resolutions, accordingly, resolved that the Cost reflective Tariffs Principle be reviewed and revisited to ensure that the Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) pay for the full amount of power they receive from the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET).

As a way of bridging the gap in remittances to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the Senate urged Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government (MDAs) to make provision for payment of all outstanding debts and liabilities owed to DISCOs, as well as accommodate budgetary provision for anticipated consumption for the 2021 Appropriation year.

The upper chamber while kicking against the bill on criminalizing estimated billing, called for the immediate removal of the increased customs duties of 35 percent to allow Meter Asset Providers (MAP) clear meters stuck at the port.

According to the Senate, rather than continue to pay for consumption, the Federal Government should consider an intervention that would see to the purchase of customer meters as a way of fulfilling its 40 percent shareholding in the Discos.

As way of insulating the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission against political interference, the upper chamber resolved that the regulatory body be empowered and allowed to carry out its functions in a way that guarantees that it is not distorted.

It also called on the Federal Government to consider recruiting 320 additional manpower for the Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) to carry out technical inspection, testing, and certification of all categories of Electrical installation across parts of the country, as well as provide nationwide metering inspection services.

Nobody Is Above Scrutiny, Lawan Tells MDAs

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that nobody is above the scrutiny of the National Assembly.

Lawan stated this in his closing remarks moments before the Upper Chamber adjourned plenary till September 15, 2020.

Speaking on the gains of a harmonious working relationship between the Legislature and the Executive arm of Government, the Senate President advised appointees of the President against needless confrontation with the Committees of the National Assembly.

According to him, engagements with Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of Government by the Committees of the National Assembly are carried out to serve public interest and in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

“As for what has been happening recently, let me take this opportunity to advice that it takes both arms of Government to work together in a cordial and harmonious way.

“We are desirous of working together with the executive arm, and we expect that the Executive arm would be desirous of working with us. We want to work in harmony.

“Nobody should feel that he is above the scrutiny of the National Assembly. The function of the National Assembly is enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Therefore, it is important that whoever takes public office also understands that there has to be this type of engagement on behalf of the Nigerian public,” Lawan said.

The Senate President urged the relevant Committees on Petroleum (Upstream and Downstream); and Gas to engage the Executive arm of Government, particularly the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) to be submitted to the National Assembly.

He added that such engagement between both arms of government would reduce the time needed to carry out legislative work on the bill when it is finally sent to the Legislature for consideration and passage.

“I urge that our oil and gas committees continue to engage with the Executive arm of Government, particularly the NNPC, DPR, and all the Petroleum related agencies and work with them as if the bill has been presented to us so that we reduce the time that we need to spend considering the bill when it is finally presented to us.

“It is our hope and desire that we are able to break the jinx that has visited the PIB since 2007.

“The PIB has defied passage and assent, this time around we want to work assiduously with the Executive arm of Government to ensure that we pass the PIB and that the President signs it into law because we have everything to lose if not passed this year.

“If we are able to do it, we will get more revenue into the coffers of the Federal Government, as well as attract and retain investments into the oil and gas sector in Nigeria,” the Senate President said.

Meanwhile, the Senate during Wednesday’s plenary passed three bills.

They are: Police Act (Repeal and re-enactment) Bill, 2020; Banks and other Financial Institutions Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020; and the Nigerian Railway Corporation Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2020.

The Police Re-enactment Bill was passed following the consideration of the Conference Committee Report of the National Assembly Committee on Police Affairs.

Similarly, the Banks and other Financial Institutions Bill; and the Nigerian Railway Corporation Bill were both passed after a clause-by-clause consideration of the reports of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions; and Committee on Land Transport.

NASS Tasks MDAs To Provide Targets For 2020 Budget Implementation

 

The National Assembly has tasked the Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to provide achievable targets that are measurable with timelines for the implementation of the 2020 Budget.

President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly, Ahmad Lawan, said the ninth Assembly is not only concerned about the timely passage of the budget but also deeply concerned about its implementation.

Lawan, flanked by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and principal officers of both chambers, spoke at the National Budget Hearing on the 2020 Federal Government Budget which began on Wednesday at the National Assembly.

The Senate President said: “We have mandated our Committees to engage with the MDAs. We want the MDAs to give us roadmaps on how they intend to achieve their targets.

“If you are taken 10 million Nigerians out of poverty in 2020, in ten years it will be one hundred million. We want to see the plans by the relevant or responsible Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government on how the 2020 budget will be able to take 10 million Nigerians out of poverty.

“We want these to be measurable targets. We are not going to be asking for stories. We are going to be asking for facts.

“So, we are going to task the MDAs that in this year budget we will not wait until 2021, give us targets that are measurable which we can evaluate after every quarter.”

The Senate President also cautioned on the continued reliance on borrowing to fund the infrastructure needs of the country but instead suggested a Public Private Partnership (PPP) option.

“If we have to borrow, we should borrow. Where we can avoid borrowing because there is another opportunity, we should take that opportunity that has a lesser burden,” Lawan said.

Lawan is also in agreement with the suggestion for the resuscitation of the long term national planning programme.

“I agree that the long term national economic programme is useful. We had it before, it worked for us better. We stopped it and we have seen the consequences.

“So now that we have a minister that thinks that we should go back to that process and we have a National Assembly that is prepared to ensure that this country does better. We should hit the ground running.

“I am not aware of any request for legislation but if it is the desire or necessity that we legislate, this National Assembly will work with the government to ensure that we legislate on the national economic development plans,” Lawan said.

2020 Budget: We’ll Not Be Frustrated To Miss December Target, Says Lawan

 

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has stressed that the passage of the 2020 Budget proposals will not miss the year-end deadline, urging all Ministers, Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government to take advantage and defend their budgets.

Lawan in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi, reiterated the position of the National Assembly at the unveiling of the Legislative Agenda of the House of Representatives, said that the lawmakers will not allow anyone to frustrate their desire to pass the 2020 Budget by December 2019.

“The National Assembly will do the right thing; which is to work on the budget and pass it,” Lawan said at the unveiling of the Legislative Agenda of the House of Representatives.

“We will not allow anyone to frustrate our desire to pass the 2020 Budget before the end of this year. So, it is an opportunity for all those concerned with defending their budgets, to take the advantage,” Lawan said.

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He hinted that the Senate will suspend plenary next week Tuesday to begin consideration of budget defence by MDAs.

“One thing that we have collectively decided in the National Assembly is to pass the budget 2020 before the end of the year.

“Already, the House has suspended plenary; the Senate will do same on Tuesday next week for the consideration of budget defence by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government.

“Only the window of October is available for budget defence. Any Minister or Head of Agency who decides to travel out of Nigeria, without defending his or her respective budget would have no opportunity to do so.”

Namdas Blames Executive, MDAs  For Budget Delay

Spokesman for the House of Representatives, Hon. Abdulrasaq Namdas

 

The spokesman of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Namdas, has defended the National Assembly against criticism for the delay in the passage of the 2018 budget.

As far as he is concerned, the blame for the delay rests squarely with the Executive, especially Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government.

Namdas stated this in Abuja while appearing on Channels Television’s breakfast show ‘Sunrise’ on Saturday.

“In April, six months after the budget was brought, the executive was presenting certain provisions that we should accommodate in the 2018 budget,” he said.

“And if we had not accepted it, the story would be that we want to frustrate the (Federal) Government. We also decided to accept it in the spirit of working relationship. So we were still receiving submissions from the executive even five months after the budget was presented.”

Namda’s comments come three days after President Muhammadu Buhari signed the 2018 Appropriation Bill into law.

Assenting to the bill on Wednesday, the President faulted the National Assembly for reducing allocations for some projects and including thousands of projects into the budget without consultation with the Executive.

But the lawmakers justified the changes made to the budget and criticised the Executive in a statement on Friday, with the Presidency firing back hours later.

The President had on November 7, 2017, submitted the 2018 budget proposal of  N8.612 trillion to the National Assembly for consideration and early passage.

However, the lawmaker increased the proposal by N508 billion, bringing the total figure to N9.12 trillion before passing it in May.

Namdas is surprised that the National Assembly is being blamed for the delay.

Pointing out that it was public knowledge that the heads of MDAs of failed to appear before the lawmakers to defend the budget estimates, he recalled that it took the intervention of President Buhari before they defended their estimates.

He added, “The budget came in November. Five months after the budget was presented, President Buhari directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to also direct Chief Executives of Ministries to appear before the committees of the National Assembly.

“When we cried out that the Chief Executives were not appearing, people thought that we were joking. Later the President saw the need. So if after five months, we have Chief Executives who have refused to appear before us, how would we have concluded with a budget as fast as people were expecting?”

Senate Directs MDAs To Submit Budget Proposals In One Week

The Senate has given Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDA) one-week ultimatum to submit details of their 2018 budget proposals or risk sanctions.

The Upper Chamber gave the ultimatum after Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, raised a point of order informing the Senate that out of 64 government agencies, only one has submitted details of its 2018 budget proposal.

Responding to the point of order, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, says he is disappointed that despite efforts by the President’s aide on National Assembly matters, agencies are yet to submit their 2018 budget details to Parliament.

Osun Assembly Cautions MDAs To Stop Spending Unapproved Money

Osun Assembly Cautions MDAs To Stop Spending Unapproved MoneyThe Osun House of Assembly has warned Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) in the state against extra budgetary spending.

 

The House Committee Chairman on Finance and Appropriation, Mr Kamil Oyedele, gave the warning when the management of the State Ministry of Information, Home Affairs, Tourism and Culture appeared to defend its N435 million budget for 2017.

Oyedele, who noted that many of the MDAs were in the habit of spending unapproved money, said the Assembly would no longer accept such action.

He said that any head of MDAs caught spending unapproved money, would be handed over to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Kamil said Section 32 of the state’s Appropriation Law clearly states that no money should be spent outside the amount approved in the budget.

He said in line with Section 224 and 225 ICPC, spending unapproved government money was an offence.

According to Kamil, spending money not approved by the Assembly is criminal, adding that MDAs should always inform the Assembly for approval for extra money for developmental projects.

Kamil urged the MDAs to familiarise themselves with the public procurement law recently passed by the Assembly to guide them on government spending.

Also speaking, the House Committee Chairman on Information and Strategy, Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, urged MDAs to support government drive to improve Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

Oyintiloye said government needed improved revenue to meet the yearning of the people.

He also charged the Ministry to engage in proper dissemination of government activities.

The House Committee Chairman on Environment, Mr Ajibola Akinloye, frowned at poor services been rendered by the State Fire Service which is under the Ministry.

Akinloye said that there had been complaint of slow response of the fire fighters to fire outbreaks in the state, adding that such attitude was not good for the state.

In her response, the Coordinating Director of the Ministry, Mrs Webster Esho, said that they would continue to do their best in the proper dissemination of government activities.

On the poor response of the fire service to fire disasters in the state, Esho said that lack of personnel and necessary facilities were the major challenge.

Management of State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) and Reality Radio Vision Services also appeared before the committee.

While OSBC presented N658 million budget for 2017, Reality Radio Vision Services budget was N133 million for the year.

Osun Needs N10bn Monthly Revenue For Effective Governance – Govt.

Osun Needs N10bn Monthly Revenue For Effective Governance, Says Govt.The Government of Osun has said that the minimum requirement of the state for a sustainable and effective governance is a minimum revenue of 10 billion Naira monthly.

This disclosure was made in a communique issued at the conclusion of the retreat to review the 2017 budget proposal of the state in Ijebu-Jesa.

Osun government, in a bid to deliver on its promises to the people, concluded a three-day retreat designed to elicit robust and rigorous discussions along the line of the State’s revenue vis-à-vis budget performance in 2017.

Government, in the communique, stated that the performance of the 2016 budget, the draft 2017 budget proposal, performance of IGR and projects to be embarked and improved upon to catalyse economic growth among others were reviewed at the retreat.

Participants at the retreat were drawn from both the public and private sectors, comprising the Governor,  Deputy Governor, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Secretary to the State Government, Chief-of-Staff to the Governor, Head of Service, prominent citizens of Osun, former cabinet members of the State Executive Council and Heads of relevant MDAs of the State.

The communique held that for sustainable good governance of the state, the minimum that the state requires monthly is not less than N10 billion.

It added that the success of the proposed 2017 budget which is proposed to be a balanced budget is dependent on aggressive revenue drive that takes IGR to between five and six billion Naira per month.

It also stressed that budget estimates of the state should be driven by revenue and not expenditure in line with global best practices with the need to set up committees to: review existing revenue heads; determine genuine heads of revenues and conduct realistic assessments of what can be generated.

The communique read in part, “The proposed committees should be done within two weeks of the conclusion of the retreat. Quarterly review of revenue generation performance by all revenue generating agencies to appraise performance, identify challenges, propose solutions towards the attainment of revenue set targets.

“Mobilisation of the civil service to embrace efficiency and productivity as the essence and watchword for successful budget implementation in 2017. Effective coordination of all revenue generation activities in the state by Osun Internal Revenue Services (OIRS).

“Prioritisation of projects with a view to funding them at the appropriate time was also considered imperative and potential areas considered as quick-wins on the state’s IGR generation were identified for immediate exploration.

“State Asset Management Agency (O’SAMA) to be established for mapping, custody and management of all the state’s assets particularly land and vacant school properties across the State”.

The communique also emphasised that for effective implementation of the Land Use Charge Law, it is resolved that Local Government staff should be trained and engaged for the identification, enumeration, categorisation of properties, and service of assessment notices.

It also noted that abattoirs should be set up across the state with private sector involvement to enhance health and sanitation.

Senate Insists Ministries Must Abide By Law On Purchase Of Made In Nigeria Goods

bukola-saraki-displays-made-in-nigeria-bagThe Senate in Nigeria says it will come down hard on any Ministry, Department or Agencies (MDAs) of the government which violates the Public Procurement Law.

The law which compels the MDAs to give preference to locally produced goods in Nigeria.

Senate President Bukola Saraki gave the warning on Friday at a meeting with members of Leather and Allied Products Manufacturers Association of Abia State.

He decried huge revenue of the nation that goes into buying foreign goods.

More than two trillion Naira is spent annually on purchasing goods, he said.

The Senate President further assured the manufacturers that the National Assembly would ensure that a large chunk of the funds go into the pocket of Nigerian manufacturers.

He also urged Senate Committee Chairmen to ensure in the course of their oversight duties, that MDAs comply with the provision of the law on patronage of local manufacturers.

Senator Saraki further asked military and para-military agencies to emulate the Army by procuring items like boots and other needs locally.

The Nigerian had bought boots from local manufacturers in Aba, a popular town in Abia state, known for manufacturing of clothing, shoes and other items.