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NIMASA Contractors Fail to Remit $286m Revenue – Reps



  • NIMASA Contractors Fail to Remit $286m Revenue – Reps

Private firms engaged by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency to collect revenue on its behalf have failed to remit money in excess of $286m to the Federal Government, the House of Representatives Committee on Marine Safety/Education alleged on Wednesday in Abuja.

The committee, which is chaired by Mr Mohammed Bago, is investigating the processes that led to the award of the contracts and others that had generated petitions and controversies since 2016.

One of them is the National Security Surveillance and Waterways contract that was awarded to an Israeli firm, HLI International Systems and Technologies Limited, for $198m.

The committee had summoned the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, and the Director General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, to address the issues.

Also summoned were the officials of HLS and the various beneficiaries of the revenue contracts, which later became the subjects of petitions sent to the House.

However, on Wednesday, lawmakers paid more attention to the security surveillance contract, which was designed to monitor the country’s waterways and combat illegal activities.

Better known as the Deep Blue Project, it is designed in the first phase to train 1,000 naval personnel; 1,000 soldiers; 1,000 marine policemen; and 200 Department of State Service operatives, who will run intelligence gathering operations on the waterways and combat criminality.

The Israeli firm, in the second phase, will supply three special mission helicopters; 17 special patrol boats; two special mission aircraft; 16 fast vehicles; and four units of UAVs.

But, members raised questions on the alleged violation of due process requirements in the award of the $198m contract and the implications of getting a foreign firm involved with a project that could compromise Nigeria’s internal security.

Amaechi stayed away from the committee’s hearing, sending the ministry’s Director of Procurement, Mr Shehu Aliyu, to answer questions on his behalf.

He dismissed allegations of due process breaches, saying that after presidential and Federal Executive Council approvals were secured in 2016, a certificate of no objection was also obtained from the Bureau of Public Procurement.

He claimed that being a security contract, the law allowed for some waivers to fast-track the award.

NIMASA’s Executive Director, Mr Gambo Ahmed, who represented Peterside, told the committee that though he was aware that the agency had been under the watch of anti-graft agencies in the past, he reassured the lawmakers that the current management was different.

“All our contracts are transparent and our books are open. We are ready to provide any information that the committee wants us to provide,” Ahmed stated.

The Managing Director, HLS, Mr Tai Spektor, made a presentation to the committee to justify the competence of his firm and its ability to deliver the intelligence services covered under the contract.

Spektor, who dwelt much on the illegal activities taking place offshore Nigeria and the economic losses to the country, stated that over $70m was being lost to illegal fishing alone every year.

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.


Seplat Petroleum Pays US$564.165 Million to Federal Government in 2020



Seplat Petroleum, an indigenous Nigerian upstream exploration and production company, announced it paid a total sum of US$564.165 million to the Federal Government in 2020.

In the report on payments made available to the Nigerian Stock Exchange and seen by Investors King, Seplat Petroleum paid US$389.576 million to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as production entitlement in 2020.

Production entitlement is the government’s share of production in the period under review from projects operated by Seplat.

This comprises crude oil and gas attributable to the Nigerian government by virtue of its participation as an equity holder in projects within its sovereign jurisdiction (Nigeria).

Also, Seplat paid US$130.009 million to the Department of Petroleum Resources in 2020. A breakdown of the amount showed US$111.633 million was paid as royalties while US$18.376 million was paid as fees.

Similarly, US$579,361 was paid as a fee to the Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme.

The energy company made another payment of US$17.935 million in fee for 2020.

While the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board received US$4.826 million in fee from Seplat in 2020.

Seplat paid US$21.239 million in taxes to the Federal Inland Revenue Service in 2020.

Therefore, Seplat Petroleum paid a total sum of US$564.165 million to the Federal Government in the 2020 financial year. See the details below.

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FIRS Sets N5.9 Trillion Revenue Target for 2021




FIRS to Generate N5.9 Trillion Revenue  in 2021

Mohammed Nami, the Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, on Friday said the agency is projecting total revenue of N5.9 trillion for the 2021 fiscal year.

Nami stated this while meeting with the House of Representatives Committee on Finance led by Hon. James Falake on the Service’s 2021 budget defence of its proposed Revenue and Expenditure Estimates.

According to the Chairman, N4.26 trillion and N1.64 trillion were expected to come from non-oil and oil components, respectively.

However, Nami put the cost of collecting the projected revenue at N289.25 billion or 7 percent of the proposed total revenue for the year, higher than the N180.76 billion spent in 2020 to fund the three operational expenditure heads for the year.

He said: “Out of the proposed expenditure of N289.25 billion across the three expenditure heads, the sum of N147.08 billion and N94.97 billion are to be expended on Personnel and Overhead Costs against 2020 budgeted sum of N97.36 billion and N43.64 billion respectively. Also, the sum of N47.19 billion is estimated to be expended on capital items against the budgeted sum of N27.80 billion in 2020. The sum is to cater for on-going and new projects for effective revenue drive.

Speaking on while the agency failed to meet its 2020 target, Nami said “There’s lockdown effect on businesses, implementation directive also for us to study, research best practices on tax administration which involves travelling to overseas and we also have to expand offices and create offices more at rural areas to get closer to the taxpayers, we pay rent for those offices and this could be the reason why all these things went up.

“And if you have more staff surely, their salary will go up, taxes that you’re going to pay on their behalf will go up, the National Housing Fund contribution, PENCOM contribution will go up. Those promoted you have to implement a new salary regime for them. There’s also the issue of inflation and exchange rate differential”, he said.


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Gov Emmanuel Attracts $1.4b Fertilizer Plant to Akwa Ibom




The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has signed an agreement for the citing of a multi billion fertilizer plant in his State.

Governor Emmanuel was part of a Nigerian delegation led by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, that visited Morocco to set out the next steps of the $1.4 Bln fertilizer production plant project launched in June 2018.

The agreement between the OCP Africa, the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority and the Akwa Ibom State Government will birth one of the biggest investments in the fertilizer production industry worldwide.

The signing ceremony took place at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UMP6).

Mr. Emmanuel signed one of the agreements of the partnership, which covers a memorandum of understanding between OCP Africa, the Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria and the NSIA on land acquisition, administrative facilitation, and common agricultural development projects in the Akwa Ibom State.

Speaking while signing the agreement, Governor Emmanuel said, “Our state is receptive to investments and we are prepared to offer the necessary support to make the project a reality.

“With a site that is suitably located to enable operational logistics and an abundance of gas resources, all that is left is for the parties to accelerate the project development process”, Mr. Udom said.

The agreement reached between the Nigerian Government and the OCP further links OCP, Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), the NNPC, the Gas Aggregation Company Nigeria (GACN), and the NSIA.

The two partners agreed to strengthen further their solid partnership leveraging Nigerian gas and the Moroccan phosphate.

This project will lead to a multipurpose industrial platform in Nigeria, which will use Nigerian gas and Moroccan phosphate to produce 750,000 tons of ammonia and 1 million tons of phosphate fertilizers annually by 2025.

The visit of the Nigerian delegation to Morocco takes place within the frame of the partnership sealed between OCP Group and the Nigerian Government to support and develop Nigeria’s agriculture industry.

Following the success of the first phase of Nigeria‘s Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI) and the progress of the fertilizer production plant project launched in 2018 by OCP and NSIA, the Moroccan phosphates group and the Nigerian government delegation have agreed on the next steps of their joint project which is rapidly taking shape.

Several cooperation agreements were inked on Tuesday at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) by OCP Africa and the Nigerian delegation. Through these deals, OCP reaffirms its unwavering support of agricultural development initiatives in Nigeria including PFI.

OCP Africa and the NSIA have agreed, inter alia, to set up a joint venture which will oversee the development of the industrial platform that will produce ammonia and fertilizers in Nigeria.

The OCP has also pledged to supply Nigerian famers with quality fertilizers adapted to the needs of their soil at competitive prices and produced locally.

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