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Senate Rejects ‘Padded’ N143bn FIRS Budget



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  • Senate Rejects ‘Padded’ N143bn FIRS Budget

The Senate on Thursday rejected the report by its Committee on Finance in which the N143.7bn budget of the Federal Inland Revenue Service was approved.

The lawmakers, while debating the recommendation of the committee during the day’s plenary, criticised the report as lacking details.

While some senators said it was fraught with ambiguities, others pointed out duplication of projects in the proposed budget of the FIRS.

Some of the duplicated projects as noted by the lawmakers include the N586m budgeted for refreshment and meals; N350m for “hire of hall, accommodation and events;” N681m for welfare packages; N200m for sporting activities; and N150m for honorarium.

The sum of N683m was budgeted for security services; N250m for security vote; N90m for office furniture and equipment, while another N300m was budgeted for maintenance of office building; N266m for maintenance of office equipment; and N120m for maintenance of computers and IT equipment.

About N170m was budgeted for maintenance of plants and generators; N120m was set aside for “other maintenance services;” N440m was budgeted for office materials and supplies; N68m for library books and periodicals; N530m for computer materials and supplies; N1.9bn for printing of non-security documents; and N100m for other materials and supplies.

A sum of N2.5bn was budgeted for tax audit investigation and monitoring, while another N500bn was appropriated for tax investigation; N170m for maintenance of plants and generators; N750m was set aside for generator fuel; N700m for motor vehicle fuel; and N1.45bn for general fuel and lubricants.

The committee approved both the recurrent and capital expenditures as proposed by the FIRS.

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, who presided over the plenary, asked the committee to work on the grey areas in its report and represent it in one week.

On the FIRS proposed budget, the report presented by the committee read in part, “The Federal Inland Revenue Service projected to collect tax revenues to the tune of N4.082tn in 2016. This comprises N484bn oil and N3.597tn non-oil revenues.

“The projected four per cent cost of collection on non-oil revenue is N143,904,640,000. The total projected available fund for the 2016 budget is N146,165,108,293, comprising four per cent cost of collection and N2,260,468,293 or 20 per cent of the 2015 operating surplus.”

The Chairman of the committee, Senator John Enoh, while presenting the report to the chamber, recalled that the Senate had on July 21 considered the request of President Muhammadu Buhari on the 2016 budget of the FIRS and referred same to the committee for further legislative action.

On the performance of the 2015 budget of the FIRS, the report stated that the National Assembly’s joint Committees on Finance approved a revenue projection of N436tn, comprising N1.74tn oil revenue and N262tn non-oil revenue.

The joint committees also projected the four per cent cost of collection of non-oil revenue by the FIRS to be N104,723,880,000.

The committee stated the summary of the proposed 2016 expenditure of the service as follows: personnel, N64,491,130,526; overhead, N46,363,000,000; and capital, N32,868,300,000, bringing the total expenditure to N143,722,430,526.

The committee further observed, “The total personnel costs are for salaries, wages, allowances, performance bonuses and social contributions. The 8,000 members of staff are proposed to be on the payroll during the 2016 financial year, which accounts for the increase of 19 per cent above the actual staff strength of 6,748. The projection presumes a recruitment of new staff members in 2016.

“The overhead cost is very vital in driving the achievement of the FIRS’ core objectives of tax revenue generation. The provisions in the 2016 budget give more emphasis on availability of office materials, training, consulting and professional services, and publicity.

The committee recommended that a total expenditure of N143,722,430,526 be approved for the FIRS, which the Senate rejected.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.


COVID-19: Nigeria Record Highest New Cases on Thursday as Continent Death Nears 83,000



COVID-19: Nigeria Record Highest New Cases on Thursday as Continent Death Nears 83,000

The largest African economy, Nigeria recorded her highest ever COVID-19 new cases on Thursday, 21st of January.

Nigeria recorded her highest daily count of 1,964 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, this was 300 higher than the previous high record of 1,664 new COVID cases it recorded on the 7th of January, 2021.

The country has recorded a total of 116,655 cases, 93,646 recoveries and, 1,485 deaths across the states since the outbreak of the Corona Virus.

According to health experts, the daily increase of new cases in the new year could be ascribed to the massive gatherings during the festive season, the relaxation of COVID-19 protocols in the various parts of the country, and in the two major airports, Lagos and Abuja airport.

The adverse effect of the global health pandemic has seen Africa recorded 82,781 COVID-19 death cases across the continents.

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 from 55 African countries reached 3,364,031, reported deaths were 82,781 and, 2,809,825 were reported to have recovered as of January 22, 2021

The Africa country with the most reported COVID-19 cases in South Africa with a total of 1,380,807 cases of which 39,501 are death cases. Other most-affected countries are Morocco (463,706), Tunisia (190,884), Egypt (159,715), Ethiopia (132,326), and Nigeria (116,655).

The numbers are compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (world map) using statistics from the World Health Organization and other international institutions as well as national and regional public health departments.


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The 46th President of the USA, Joe Biden Reversed EX-President Donald Trump Immigrant Visa Ban on Nigeria



Joe Biden Economic Impliccations on Nigeria

The 46th President of the USA, Joe Biden Reversed EX-President Donald Trump Immigrant Visa Ban on Nigeria

On his first day in office, the 46th President of the United States of America reversed the immigrant visa ban placed on Nigeria and other countries by the former president, Donald Trump.

The executive order, 9983, issued by the former president Donald Trump on January 31st, 2020, unveiled the ban on immigrant visas to six countries; Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, and Kyrgyzstan.

Amongst numerous executive orders signed by the new president of the United State, Joe Biden, on January 20th, was the reversal of some of the orders issued by his predecessor, Donald Trump, which bans citizens of certain countries from accessing the immigrant visa.

According to the Trump administration, a system was established to access three important criteria-

“whether a foreign government engages in reliable identity-management practices and shares relevant information; whether a foreign government shares national security and public safety information; and whether a country otherwise poses a national security or public-safety risk.”

The failure of Nigeria and other countries to measure up to this criteria landed them on the ban list.

Biden’s Press secretary, Pen Psaki said additional action which will ensure that the president-elect delivers his promise to the American people will be announced.

“In the coming days and weeks, we will be announcing additional executive actions that confront these challenges and deliver on the president-elect’s promises to the American people,” Pen said.

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Buhari to Spend N729 Billion on 24.3 Million Poor Nigerians



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Buhari to Spend N729 Billion on 24.3 Million Poor Nigerians

President Buhari is working on spending N729 billion on 24.3 million poor Nigerians despite the present economic recession, weak industries and zero new job creation.

Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, disclosed this during the inauguration of the Federal Government’s emergency intervention database for the urban poor.

In a statement released by Nneka Anibeze, the Minister’s Aide, the financial intervention would help cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on identified people.

According to the Minister, the Federal Government would disburse N5,000 each to 24.3 million poor and vulnerable Nigerians for a period of six months. A total of N729 billion.

In part, the statement reads, “According to records, about 24.3 million poor and vulnerable individuals were identified at the end of 2020 and registered into the National Social Register.

“Each beneficiary will receive N5,000 for a period of six months.

The government is embarking on handouts despite the nation’s fiscal challenges and economic recession. The N5,000 or N729 billion can help build or support available industries, fast track economic recovery and improve job creation against sharing it with people it will has little to zero impact on their lives.

This is one of the numerous leakages being addressed by the same administration. The database can not be verified neither are the people to be paid.

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