- Fed Govt Extends 2017 Capital Budget Implementation to June 5
The Federal Government has extended the implementation of the 2017 capital budget 2017 to June 5, 2018.
A circular issued by the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) to all arms of government and extra-ministerial bodies dated March 28, 2018 however said the 2017 budget implementation may also be terminated before June 5 if the 2018 appropriation bill is passed into law and assented to by Mr President before then.
The circular titled: Extension of Capital Budget of 2017‘ reads: “All Ministrues, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are hereby informed that the implementation of the capital budget 2017 has now been extended to 5th June, 2018 or the day the 2018 appropriation Act is passed into law and assented to by Mr President, whichever comes first.”
The extension of the 2017 capital budget implementation, AGF Ahmed Idris said, “is to ensure the successful implementation of the Capital Budget for 2017 for a period of 12 months, and also to promote probity, transparency, accountability and good governance in line with the policy thrust of the government.”
Following long laid down practice of closing all account books at the end of the fiscal/financial year, the AGF has ordered the “Closing of Capital Books of Account of MDAs by Treasury Officers.”
According to Idris “all MDAs under the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) platform will automatically have their ledger periods and access to their funds closed online real-time by 12 midnight of June 5, 2018 or the day the appropriated Act is passed into law and assented to by Mr. President, whichever comes first.”
With respect to MDAs not on the GIFMIS platform, the AGF ordered that “all necessary books of accounts are to be updated in respect of capital funds distinct from recurrent funds as on June 5, 2018 or the day the 2018 appropriation Act is passed into law and assented to by Mr President, whichever comes first to facilitate Closure of the Accounts.”
Also to be affected by the account books closure, is the Accounts Arrangement under the Remita CBN gateway which relate to Capital Funds under the Appropriation Act. This account, the AGF said “shall similarly have their ledger periods and access to their funds closed online, real-time by 12 midnight of June 5, 2018 or the day the 2018 appropriation Act is passed into law amd asserted to by Mr President, whichever comes first.”
Idris noted that with a view to ensuring a successful exercise in the mopping up of capital funds under the Remita platform, he advised all MDAs to clearly separate their books of account to distinctly show the transferred funds as it relates to Capital or Recurrent on the Remita platform accordingly.”
He said: “Treasury officers would be available to close the books of accounts and extract balances transferred to TSA on June 5, 2018 or the day the 2018 appropriation Act comes into effect in line with extant rules and regulations.”
Accounting officers, Directors/Heads of Finance and Accounts and internal audits of MDAs and other arms of government were enjoined to give this circular the widest circulation and ensure strict compliance.
FG Plans to Build 10 New Airports in Anambra, Benue, Others – Aviation Minister
Aviation Minister Says FG Working on Building 10 New Airports
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Tuesday, said the Federal Government plans to build 10 airports across the country to improve civil aviation.
The minister made the statement while defending his ministry’s 2021 budget proposals.
Sirika said President Muhammadu Buhari has done justice to the aviation ministry through the ongoing framework and implementation.
He said the administration would construct new airports in Anambra, Benue, Ekiti, Nasarawa, Ebonyi and Gombe States.
He further stated that airports in Kebbi, Osubi and Dutse have been taken over for redevelopment by the Federal Government.
Sirika said, “Consequent upon that roadmap, we have seen aviation grow in 2018 to become the second-fastest-growing sector of the economy.
“Also and by 2019, it became the fastest-growing sector of the economy and increased its GDP contribution.
“From 2015 till now, we’ve seen a lot of growth in civil aviation, the number of airports is increasing.
“So far, about seven airports have been added to the map, some of them completed, some of them under construction.
“There are airports coming up in Benue, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Lafia, Damaturu, Anambra and so on.
“All these show that civil aviation is growing during this administration.
“So, we have about 10 new airports coming up, that is almost half the number of airports we used to have in Nigeria.
“We are adding 50 per cent of the number of airports,” the minister added.
Sirika noted that Nigeria Air, the proposed national carrier, was part of the new roadmap and could be delivered before 2023.
He said, “We are on it. The transaction adviser has brought in the outline business case.
“It is being reviewed by Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Soon after it finishes, it will go to the Federal Executive Council and it will be approved.
“We will not leave this government without having it in place.”
He defended why Lokoja, Kogi State needs another airport, saying it is an alternative to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
He said, “Lokoja is an important northern town. It is a cosmopolitan town, it’s a mini Nigeria and it is extremely very important in growth and development of our country.
“We have a lot of agricultural activities there. There is fishery, there is perishable item production and so on.
“So, establishing an airport there is quite apt. For me, it is something we should have done long ago for its importance.”
FG Says Over N6 Billion Disbursed to Poor Households in Zamfara
Over N6 Billion Disbursed to Poor Households in Zamfara
The Federal Government said it has disbursed over N6 billion under the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme to poor households in six out of the 14 local governments in Zamfara in 2020.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouk disclosed this on Tuesday during the flag off of Grant for Rural Women Project in Gusau.
The minister said the CCT program was created in 2016 to address the deficiencies in capacity and lack of investment in human capital of poor and vulnerable households.
“The programme is designed to deliver timely and accessible cash transfers to beneficiary households.
“And sets to support development objectives and priorities, to achieve improvement in health and nutrition, school enrolment and retention, environmental sanitation and empowerment among others,” she explained.
Umar-Faruk said a total of 130,000 beneficiaries from Anka, Bungudu, Birnin Magaji, Kaura Namoda, Tsafe, and Talata Mafara local government areas received between N30,000 to N80,000, depending on the dates the beneficiary enrolled in the programme.
Speaking on the grant for Rural Women, the minister said the programme was introduced to deepen the social inclusion agenda of President Buhari administration that includes lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.
“It is designed to provide a one-off grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural Nigeria.
“A grant of N20,000 will be disbursed to over 150,000 poor rural women across the 36 states of the federation,” she said.
Delta State Gov Okowa Presents N378.48 Billion Budget for 2021
Ifeanyi Okowa Presents N378.48 Billion Proposed Budget for 2021
The Executive Governor of Delta State, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday presented a N378.48 billion budget to the state’s House of Assembly for consideration for the 2021 fiscal year.
The budget christened “Budget of Recovery” appropriated N207.52 billion for Capital Expenditure while Recurrent Expenditure was allocated N171.32 billion.
According to the Governor, capital expenditure accounted for 54.76 percent of the budget while 45.24 percent represented recurrent expenditure.
He explained that the allocations were in line with his administration’s agenda of spending more on projects and programmes that would impact positively on the socio-economic well-being of the people of Delta.
The proposed budget for 2021 is N96.2 billion or 34.05 per cent more than the N282 billion approved for 2020.
The governor said that the 2021 budget proposals reinforced the state government’s commitment to road infrastructure, education, health, job and wealth creation programmes as the principal-drivers of the Stronger Delta agenda.
According to him, N113 billion, representing 89.94 per cent of the capital budget is allocated to the economic sector while N35 billion is allocated to the social sector; the administration sector got 10.93 billion and the regional sector, N42 billion.
“In 2021, we propose to spend N66.66 billion on Road Infrastructure; N6.79 billion on Health; Education will gulp N23.55 billion; Agriculture, N2.04 billion and Water Sector, N1.83 billion.
“Job and Wealth Creation Bureau will gulp N1 Billion and Youth Development, N1.25 billion. These key sectors are very essential in our 2021 budget,” Okowa said.
Okowa also explained that due to the negative impact of COVID-19 on the economy and the world at large, government spending was significantly affected by the global pandemic and that Delta was no exception.
The governor, therefore, stated that “the proposed 2021 Budget for Delta is primarily focused on protecting and supporting our people in a COVID-19 environment, accelerating infrastructural renewal, incentivizing growth, enhancing job creation, engendering social inclusion and developing sustainably.
“Overall, the proposed 2021 Budget is predicated on inclusive economic growth that is sustainable and people-centred, with strengthening fiscal sustainability through increased efficiency in spending, improved revenue mobilization and debt sustainability.
“It also entails improving processes and systems in Public Financial Management, and Monitoring and Evaluation, to bolster better public sector service delivery.”
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