DPR under fire as Senate queries N44.5billion remittance out of N2.4trillion generated
Senate on Friday beamed its search light on the meagre remittance of N44.5billion into the Consolidated Revenue Fund in 2019 out of N2.4trillion generated by Department of Petroleum Resources ( DPR) which put the officials of the department on edge.
This is even as heads of many of the other revenue generating agencies invited by the Senate’s joint committee on Finance and Planning for interactive session on their 2021 revenue projections, failed to appear on grounds of indisposition and hospitalization.
Trouble came for the DPR during the interactive session when the joint committee led by Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (APC Lagos West), demanded for records of the agency’s internally generated revenue in 2019 and projections for 2021.
The Head of Planning of the agency, Mr Johnson Ajewole who first spoke in the absence of the Director, Engr Sarki Auwalu, said a total of N2.4trillion was generated by DPR in 2019 but N44. 5billion was remitted to the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
Piqued by the wide margin beween what was realised and remitted, the committee members described his submission as unacceptable.
Even efforts made by the Head of Finance and Accounts of the Petroleum agency, Mrs Lilian Ufondu, to explain the wide gap between revenues and remittance, further angered the committee members.
According to her, out of the N2.4trillion generated by DPR in 2019, N88billion was removed as 4% collection fee out of which N5.72billion was also remitted while the balance was used for over head.
Persistent questions asked by the Committee Chairman and members on what happened to the over N2trillion balance, were not satisfactorily answered as she was only able to mention overhead and operational costs without specific figures tied to them.
She added that as at July this year, DPR had generated N1.13trillion and projected N3.4trillion as revenue generation for 2021 from which N139billion will be taken out as 4% collection fee.
Angered by the submissions and alleged disjointed record presentations, the committee, ordered that the agency reappear unfailingly on Tuesday next week led by its Director, Sarki Auwalu, alleged to have traveled abroad .
Specifically the committee chairman said : ” Information and records presented to us by both Directors or heads of departments that have spoken are not clear and insufficient as regards budget performance of DPR within the last three years and revenue projection for 2021.
“For this committee to do proper and thorough job, comprehensive records of such budget performances must be made available latest Monday next week, upon which your Director and other top management staff, will appear before us again on Tuesday next week.
” Also, well detailed proposals for revenues generation by the agency for 2021-2022 must be included in the expected comprehensive records “
Efforts made by journalists to make the troubled agency’s head of Finance and Accounts, Lilian Ufondu, explain her inability and that of her counterpart on Planning, Johnson Ajewole, to make satisfactory submissions before the committee, proved abortive, as she lamented that the day was a bad one for her and DPR.
“I’m sad and is a bad day for us. We are told to come back and we shall return on Tuesday next week “, she lamented.
Like DPR , heads of other agencies like Nigeria Inland Waterways (NIWA), Bank of Industry (BOI) and Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) , were also not present for the interactive session and accordingly ordered by the committee to reappear on Monday next week .
While NIWA’ s boss was said to have traveled abroad, those of BOI and SON , were alleged to be indisposed or hospitalized.
When asked by the Committee’s chairman, the hospital the Director- General of SON, Osita Aboloma, is being attended to, the Director of Budget, David Okon, said “I don’t know”.
IGP rolls out new NPF Manpower Development policy
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has announced the new Nigeria Police Manpower Development Policy.
The IGP made the announcement during the decoration of twenty-four (24) newly promoted Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The decoration of the AIGs is the first phase in the decoration exercise of a total of One Hundred and Sixty-Seven (167) Senior Police Officers recently approved by the Police Service Commission following their recommendation by the IGP.
The IGP noted that the Manpower Development Policy of the Force is a deliberate protocol to identify, elevate, and position professionally competent officers who will act as the Strategic Police Managers that will drive the new policing vision and give effect to strategies at responding to current and emerging security threats in the country.
The Policy also he said prioritizes human capacity development and welfare of Police Officers for better police service delivery.
The IGP, while congratulating the newly promoted officers, charged them to deploy their wealth of experience to support his leadership mission of positively changing the policing and internal security narratives in the country. He also encouraged the officers to discharge the schedules of their new rank within the dictates of the law and the policing expectations of the citizens.
The IGP expressed appreciation to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR for consistently committing to the Nigeria Police reform Agenda. He thanked the Police Service Commission for supporting and aiding the new human capacity development of the Force and equally appreciated the Honourable Minister of Police Affairs, the Senate and House Committees on Police Affairs, for their support to the police modernization, re-orientation and re-equipment drive.
Dignitaries at the Decoration Ceremony were the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammed Maigari Dingyadi, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Musa Bello, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya, Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, MFR, mni, NPOM, Members of the Force Management Team, Traditional Leaders, amongst other dignitaries.
Humanitarian Minister preaches peace at Eid-El-Kabir
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has urged Nigerians to reflect on the reason for the season as Muslims celebrate this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.
The Special adviser on Media to the Minister Nneka Ikem Anibeze in a statement said, Umar Farouq called for prayers to unite the country and reduce humanitarian crises including internal displacement, refugees, hunger, killings and terrorism.
While felicitating with Muslim faithfuls, she preached love for one another, sacrifice for the nation, peace, love and kindness as advocated by the Prophet Muhammed.
“Let us continue to pray for the unity of the country especially the vulnerable among us. May Allah grant us peace as we celebrate Eid and may we witness more celebrations as a united nation”, Umar Farouq said.
The Minister said a peaceful Nigeria will reduce the number of displaced and vulnerable people in the country.
“If we spend less on IDPs and victims of communal clashes, cattle rustlings or banditry, government can channel such funds to other capital projects.”
She promised that the government will continue to do everything within its power to ensure a country that all Nigerians will be proud of.
Turbaning of Alhaji Zakari Dangana as Shugaban Afemai holds wednesday
All is now set for the Turbanning Ceremony of Alhaji Zakari Ahmadu Dangana(ONOGIE) as the Shugaban Afemai Lokoja by the Mandarin of LokojaHis Royal Highness, Muhammed Kabir Maikarfi 111, OON, FKSP.
A statement signed by the Chairman of Afemai Progressives Union Lokoja, said the Turbanning Ceremony will hold tommorow, 21st July, 2021 by 9:00am at the Maigarin of Lokoja Palace.
According to the statement, reception follows immediately after the Turbanning at the residence of Alhaji Zakari Dangana, beside Abiodun Ojo Filling Station Lokongama.
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