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Nigerians Knock, Hail FG Over Completed Airport Terminal

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  • Nigerians Knock, Hail FG Over Completed Airport Terminal

Some Nigerians on Monday criticised the Federal Government for announcing that it had completed an “abandoned terminal” at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, as they argued that the terminal in question was not abandoned, but was an ongoing project.

A number of other people, who commented on the issue, however commended the government for completing the project.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, tweeted that Terminal D at the NAIA, which, according to him, was abandoned many years ago, had been completed by the Federal Government.

Explaining some of the pictures through his Twitter handle, @hadisirika, the minister said, “This is not the new Abuja terminal. It is the abandoned terminal D, completed. The new terminal will, by the grace of God, be completed year end. Bear with us.”

After Sirika’s tweet, one of his followers, Tunji Iromini, told him that most completed projects in Nigeria wither away after a few years as a result of poor maintenance culture and asked what steps the government would adopt to avoid this pitfall at the just completed Terminal D.

The minister replied that the airport terminal would not be allowed to rot away, as it would be given out through concession.

Another Twitter user, with the name Pasra, accused the government of being in a haste to announce ongoing projects, instead of announcing its achievements in infrastructure development after the completion of certain projects.

“Why notify us when you are not done? Enough of all these ‘will’ and ‘if’. Get the job (done) and allow your work to speak for you. Busy people tell others about their work; productive people let their work speak for them. So get back to work, after all, that’s why you are paid,” she tweeted.

But Sirika countered the tweet, as he stated that the project in question had been completed by the Federal Government and was not the same as the expansive terminal being handled by a Chinese firm at the Abuja airport.

“This is a completed project ma, different from the other ‘Chinese’ contract. This was abandoned for years, please,” he said.

Still not satisfied with the minister’s explanation, another follower, Efosa Imasuen, asked Sirika to “show us any corresponding document where you re-awarded the abandoned contract.”

He added, “I doubt if the Chinese company handling the job would agree with this lie that the Abuja airport expansion project was at anytime abandoned by the CCECC (China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation).”

Responding, Sirika stated that Imasuen was mixing things up, as the terminal being constructed by the Chinese firm was still ongoing, adding that the Twitter user could apply to the Federal Ministry of Transportation for the documents.

The minister tweeted, “Sir, you are mixing the two. The ‘Chinese terminal’ is ongoing and will be ready before the year end. This is Terminal D. You can apply to the ministry and every document will be made available to you, in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act. I await your application, please,” the minister said.

Imasuen, however, insisted that the completed terminal was not abandoned, stating, “I trust you (Sirika) would know better in terms of the terminal you are completing. My concern here is you’re labelling an ongoing project as abandoned project. I am impressed this administration is continuing projects, but it can be done without dividing us further. Well done.”

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

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

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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

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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

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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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