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BudgIT Uncovers 460 Duplicated Projects Worth N378bn in 2022 Budget

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Foremost civic-tech organization leading the advocacy for transparency and accountability in Nigeria’s public finance, BudgIT has identified duplicated projects in the 2022 budget.

The organization’s preliminary analysis of the 21,108 capital projects in the 2022 approved budget revealed 460 duplicated projects amounting to N378.9billion.

BudgIT had earlier observed 316 duplicated projects inserted into the 2021 FG Budget approved by NASS. ICPC verified 257 duplications, while the Budget Office confirmed the existence of only 185 duplicated projects worth N20.13bn, after which it informed the public that funds were not released for the projects in 2021.

BudgIT also noted that the occurrence of inflated projects amounting to billions of naira directly linked to the State House and the Presidency is a cause for concern.

Citing examples, the organization revealed that the sum of N20.8billion was requested by the Presidency to construct a 14-bed presidential wing at the existing State House Medical Center, N28.72million requested for the purchase of 2units of 10KG washing machine and 6units of LG Televisions in the State House Lagos Liaison Office, among others.

According to BudgIT, “Speaking of projects approved under MDAs that do not have the capacity to execute them, The National Agency For Great Green Wall which was set up to prevent land degradation and desertification afflicting 11 states in northern Nigeria, and to boost food security in the country has N1.3billion or 64% of its capital budget dedicated to purchasing Motorcycles, Street lights and other projects outside its mandate. This is disingenuous especially as communities in these states are being ravaged by bandits and terrorists who often arrive in motorcycles.

“Likewise, four (4) recreational parks under the Ministry of Environment have a total allocation of N67.8million to construct “Gun Armouries” in Cross Rivers, Kaduna, Borno & Yobe States, even though the Ministry of Environment is not a security agency. This raises the question – Why is the ministry of environment stashing guns in recreational parks in these states in an election campaign year and at a time when the country is facing unrest in nearly all of the 36 states?”

BudgIT also revealed that the River Basin Development Authorities (RBDA), under the Ministry of Water Resources which was set up to facilitate management of water resources for agriculture that would end the tide of food supply fluctuations that affect food prices, has “instead metamorphosed into an agency that constructs roads and supplies street light”.

This is coming at a time the country is currently battling a double-digit inflation, one of the worst 20 out of 196 countries in the world marked by soaring prices of food, consumer goods, and other services.

The analysis revealed that a cumulative total of N6.3billion was allocated to supplying street lights in 73 communities across the 36 states, while N14.8billion was allocated for the construction of 219 roads across 36 states; whereas the majority of the roads are the responsibilities of State and Local governments and not the Federal Government.

Meanwhile, BudgIT is currently finalizing its detailed analysis of the approved FG 2022 budget which would be presented to all stakeholders in the executive and legislative arm of government as well as the general citizens.

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FirstBank Commemorates 2022 Customer Service Week

First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider has announced its commemoration of the 2022 edition of the Customer Service Week scheduled to be globally celebrated on 3 – 7 October 2022. 

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider has announced its commemoration of the 2022 edition of the Customer Service Week scheduled to be globally celebrated on 3 – 7 October 2022. 

The event themed: “Celebrating Service” will be marked across its FBNBank subsidiaries in over half a dozen countries which include FBNBank UK, FBNBank Ghana, FBNBank Senegal, FBNBank Gambia, FBNBank Guinea, FBNBank DRC and FBNBank Sierra Leone.

Customer Service Week is an international celebration that highlights the importance of customer service and staff who serve and support customers daily to deliver exceptional service to customers.

The Bank’s celebration of the 2022 Customer Service Week will include several activities considered integral to promoting a relaxed atmosphere whilst extending its participation to everyone, irrespective of where they are. The activities include virtual engagement of customers on its social media handles: firstbanknigeria on Instagram; First Bank of Nigeria Limited on Facebook; First Bank of Nigeria Limited on LinkedIn and @FirstBankngr on Twitter. 

Others are a video booth and photo frame funfair, then a Virtual Party on the Friday of the weeklong event and a movie date for staff.

Through the last 128 years of its operations, FirstBank has played a leading role in utilizing its robust customer service network and digital banking architecture to support its customers – cutting across diverse cultures, tribes and races beyond the shores of Nigeria – in meeting their individual and business needs. The Bank achieves this through its innovative, interactive, self-service banking platforms like *894# Quick Banking mobile solution, FirstMobile banking application, Firstmonie Agents, FirstOnline internet banking, WhatsApp banking, and ATM amongst many others. The Bank’s electronic banking channels are constantly updated with new and exciting features to expose customers to exemplary services and experience to put them at an advantage in the industry.

According to Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, FirstBank “for us at FirstBank, celebrating service, the theme of the 2022 edition of the Customer Service Week is a reflection of our brand mantra “You First”. This reiterates the essence of our existence since 1894, centred on putting You, our customers First as we continue to support individuals and businesses to impact the economy.

With our dynamic and vibrant human-led and digital-led customer services operations, we remain committed to rendering the gold standard of services to our customers and stakeholders regardless of where they may be across the globe” she concluded.

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NNPC Limited Declares N674 Billion Profit After Tax for 2021 FYE

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) declared a Profit After Tax of N674 billion for the 2021 financial year

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) declared a Profit After Tax of N674 billion for the 2021 financial year. This is the second time the government-owned oil company will declare a profit in 48 years.

NNPCL, Group Chief Executive Officer, Mele Kyari, disclosed that the NNPCL as a corporation grew its profit after tax from N287 billion in 2020 to N674 billion in 2021. 

Kyari also announced that the corporation grew its assets from N15.86 trillion in 2020 to N16.3 trillion in 2021. 

Investors King noted that this is the second time NNPCL will declare a profit after tax in 48 years.

The company made its first profit after tax in 2020 when it declared a profit after tax of N287 billion.

The GCEO, Mele Kyari, while declaring 2021 profit in Abuja said the development came despite the challenging operating environment. 

Kyari said: “Today, I am happy to announce that the board of NNPC Limited has approved 2021 audited financial statements, and NNPCL has progressed to a new performance level, from N287b profit in 2020 to a N674b profit after tax in 2021, climbing higher by 134.8 per cent year-on-year profit growth.”

NNPCL recently acquired Oando’s OVH Energy with the aim to grow the profit and portfolio of the national oil company. 

The Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) has transitioned NNPCL to a profit-oriented company.

Likewise, Kyari also boasted that the rebranded NNPC Limited will soon become the most profitable company in Africa. 

Meanwhile, Kyari stated that the new company will not leave any stone unturned to increase its oil production. He further noted that efforts have already been paying off. 

Investors King earlier reported that NNPCL is set to open the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) which was shut down six months ago due to oil theft and vandalism.

The oil company aims to add about 400,000 barrels of crude to its output in the next few days.

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Delta State Domestic Debt Jumps by 100 Percent Within Three Months

Delta State’s debt profile rose from N163 billion in March 2022 to N378 billion in June 2022. 

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Within three months, Delta State’s debt profile rose from N163 billion in March 2022 to N378 billion in June 2022. 

Investors King learnt that Lagos, Delta and Ogun are the three states with the highest domestic debt figures in Nigeria. 

According to a report released by the Debt Management Office (DMO), Delta state recorded the biggest within the three months of March to June 2022. The report also indicated that many states have also borrowed within the months under review. 

A closer look shows that in March, the 36 States and the FCT had a domestic debt of N4.8 trillion. However, this has risen to N5.2 trillion as of the end of June 2022.

Delta State’s debt profile increased from N163 billion in March to N378 billion in June 2022. Lagos State has the highest debt profile of N797.3 billion. Figures show that Lagos State’s debt as of March 2022 was N780.4 billion.

Ogun on the other hand is owing a total of N241.7 billion. Although it stands among the top three most indebted States, its debt figure has marginally reduced from the N241.9 billion it was in March 2022.

River State has the fourth highest domestic debt of N225.5 billion. Although the oil-rich state has refused to update its debt profile since over a year ago. Imo State which has the fifth highest debt profile borrowed about N6 billion within the period under review.

Jigawa State has the lowest debt profile of N45.1 billion. However, the debt profile of the state also rose by over 3 Billion between March and June 2022. As of March, Jigawa’s domestic debt was N41.6 billion.

Other states with a relatively low debt profile, when compared to other states, include Ebonyi with N59.1billion, Kebbi State with N60.4billion, Ondo State with N62.2billion and Katsina State with N66.6billion.

Meanwhile, Investors King understands that the decrease in the Federal Allocation Account (FAAC) due to the non-remittance of NNPC Limited and the preparation for the 2023 general election are some of the factors fuelling the rise in domestic debt. 

Full List of the Domestic Debt as of June 2022 (Source: Debt Management Office )

Lagos            N797.3 B

Delta.            N378.8 B

Ogun.            N241.7 B

Rivers.           N225.5 B

Imo.               N210.3 B

A.Ibom.          N203.9 B

Cross River   N176.0 B

Oyo.              N159.9 B

Osun.            N150.0 B

Bayelsa.        N150.0 B

Plateau.         N144.6 B

Benue.           N143.5 B

Bauchi.          N129.0 B

Kano.             N125.0 B

Gombe.          N123.6 B

Others include 

Adamawa.    N120.6 B

Ekiti.              N119.5 B

Zamfara.       N115.7 B

Edo.               N112.1 B

Kwara.           N110.5 B

Abia.              N107.6 B

Borno.           N102.4 B

Yobe.             N96.6 B

Taraba.          N90.8 B

Kogi.              N90.5 B

Sokoto.          N89.9 B

Enugu.           N89.9 B

Niger.             N80.9.B

Kaduna.         N78.1 B

FCT.                N75.5 B

Nassaraw.      N72.9 B

Anambra.       N72.4 B

Katsina.          N66.6 B

Ondo.             N62.2 B

Kebbi.             N60.4 B

Ebonyi.           N59.1 B 

 

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