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Budget Review: Nasarawa govt tasks accountant of MDas on transparency

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From Abel Leonard, Lafia

Nasarawa state government has tasked the accountants of various Ministries Department and Agencies to be transparent and accountable in managing public funds as ascribed in the 2022 budget of sustainable Transformation.

Briefing News men on Friday is the commissioner for Finance, Budget and planning Mr. Daniel E. Agyeno while breaking down and reviewing the budget presented by the governor of the state Engr. Abdullahi Sule saying the present Administration attaches high premium to accountability and transparency in the management of public funds.

In this light, he said the Ministry of Finance, Budget and planning would monitor closely, the implementation of all programmes and policies enunciated in this year’s budget.

“I therefore, wish to call on all the Accounting Officers of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the State to be guided by the Appropriation Law as well as to ensure that all revenue due to the State Government are properly collected and accounted for so that our set targets can be achieved.” He said

Reviewing the 2021 Budget, the commissioner recalled that the Nasarawa State Government had earmarked a total of N115,722,814,543.00 (One Hundred and Fifteen Billion, Seven Hundred and Twenty-Two Million, Eight Hundred and Fourteen Thousand, Five Hundred and Forty-Three Naira) only for the 2021 fiscal year.

This amount was made up of a recurrent expenditure of N67,437,759,617.28 (Sixty-Seven Billion, Four Hundred and Thirty-Seven Million, Seven Hundred and fifty Nine Thousand, Six Hundred and Seventeen Naira, Twenty-Eight Kobo and the sum of N 48,285,054,925.73 (Forty-Eight Billion, Two Hundred and Eight Five Million, Fifty-Four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Twenty-Five Naira, Seventy-Three Kobo for Capital Expenditure respectively.

Reviewing the 2022 Fiscal year Budget, Mr Egyeno said the budget earlier presented by His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, is anchored on the need to consolidate and sustain the achievements recorded over the years.

He said the parameters and fiscal assumption of the 2022 Budget was based on Conservative oil price benchmark of 57 US Dollars per barel, daily oil production estimate of 1.88 million barrels (inclusive of condensates of 300,000 to 400,000 barrels per day, exchange rate of N410.15 per US Dollar; and Projected GDP growth rate of 4.2 percent and Inflation rate of 13 percent.

He further said the policy Thrust for the 2022 budget will be focused on completion of some on-going projects, enhancement of Internal] Revenue Generation (IGR),construction of Rural Feeder Roads Within the State; construction of Bus Terminal Karu and Lafia; creation of enabling environment for Public-Private Partnership (PPP); establishment of Technological Hubs to Expand Citizen Knowledge (Skills acquisition centres).

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He added that there would be step up Wealth Creation and Job Opportunities Through Youth and Human Economic Empowerment (Capacity building, Start-up capital/ Seed for trainees), encouraging Science Education to Support Engineering, Medical and Technical Needs, continued collaboration and meeting obligations with Development Partners and strengthening governance and institutions in line with global best practices agricultural Liberalization with emphasis on extension services, encouraging commercial farming and cottage industry for value chain.

“Solid minerals exploration and exploitation in collaboration with the Federal Government and partnership with investors as alternative sources of revenue generation, increase {in the number of Teachers in the State.” He stated.

The Finance Boss also reviewed the size of the 2022 budget disclosing that the total budget size for 2022 as passed into law stands at 110,849,954,879,40 with anticipated Revenue sources to come from the opening balance of N2.8 billion, federation Account, internally generated revenue IGR, of N26.08 billion, Aid and grants N17.21 billion and Capital Receipts N17.35 billion.

He also explained that the 2022 recurrent expenditure is in a total of N 71,770,512,458.57 only is earmarked for the year 2022 with personnel cost having a total sum of N41,440,400,830.57 while overhead cost stood at N30,330, 111,628,00 respectively for 12 months in 2022, while the capital Expenditure size for the 2022 budget is N39, 079,442,420,92.

according to him some of the major projects and programmes to be carried out in 2022 fiscal year includes; Economic Empowerment Through Agriculture – 988, 194,907.20, poverty Alleviation . 112,500,000.00, Improvement to Human Health – 1,349,200,000.00, Enhancing Skills and Knowledge9,712,509,853.72,Housing and Urban Development 13,352,500,000.00,Youth – 170,000,000.00,Environmental Improvement 215,000,000.00,Water Resources and Rural Developments, 3,569,000,000.00 Information.

Others include; Communication and Technology – 244,000,000.00,Growing the Private Sector – 807,750,000.00,Reform of Government and Governance – 3,362,087,660.00 Power – 2,414,700,000.00 Airport – 1,000,000,000.00 COVID-19 – 594,000,000.00, Climate change, 1 018,500,000.00p

Mr Agyeno therefore expressed the Government’s appreciation for the immense contribution and support given by all stakeholders, particularly civil servants, members of the press and Civil Society Organizations during the last fiscal year.

He however, solicit maximum support from of general public towards the successful implementation of the 2022 budget of ‘Sustainable Transformation.

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Regina Daniels releases chats with sex therapist, Jaruma

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Regina Daniels has issued a statement addressing her dealings with Jaruma; detailing what went wrong between them.

Regina Daniels also explained that she and Jaruma had an agreement for her to advertise her products; which she did, but Jaruma then wanted her to go beyond their agreement; by posting things which were “deceitful” on her page.

Regina said she disagreed and when there was a “major crisis” going on in her family; Jaruma took advantage of that to promote her products; at the expense of the Nwoko family.

Regina is thought to be making reference to Jaruma’s post; insinuating that Ned Nwoko’s marriage to his Moroccan wife ended because of the kayanmata (sex-enhancing product) Regina allegedly used on Ned.

Regina also shared chats where she blasted Jaruma for claiming her use of kayanmata on Ned caused the problem between him and his Moroccan wife.

Regina reiterated that she has never used any of Jaruma’s sex products.

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Meanwhile, Kanye West had a lot to say in his latest interview with Hollywood Unlocked where he claimed there is a second s*x tape featuring his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian.

The rapper told host Jason Lee that he once retrieved a laptop from Ray J, who starred with Kim in a scandalous s*x tape released in 2007.

During the interview, Kanye reflected on Kim’s new romance with comedian Pete Davidson before recalling the incident with Ray J.

“How you gonna bring me to SNL and kiss the dude you dating right in front of me?” he said. “And everybody’s like, ‘Oh, that’s, that’s cool.’ After I went [and] got the laptop from Ray J myself that night, right?”

The Donda artist then said, “I met this man at the airport. Then got on a red eye came back, delivered it to her at 8:00 a.m. in the morning and then I gave it to her and she cried when she saw it.”

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Osun NSCDC arrests 24-year-old suspected online scammer

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Bright Joseph, a 24-year-old suspected online scammer has been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Osun State Command.

Disclosing this via a statement made available to DAILY POST on Thursday in Osogbo, the spokesperson, Adigun Daniel, revealed that the suspect was arrested at his residence, Zone 6, Apete Area, Owode-Ede, on Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

Adigun, who disclosed that Johnson, a National Diploma (ND) certificate holder from Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State, stated that the suspect had fraudulently advertised on his Instagram handle the sales of eggs in a non-existent farm called Choice Farm he was operating which is located in Ogbogbo, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.

The Osun NSCDC spokesperson explained that he had successfully scammed a 37-year-old Halima Ashifa, a resident of Sango Ota, Ogun State, before luck ran out for him.

According to Adigun, “Halima Ashifa signified interest in the supply of eggs and established contact with the suspect.

“She eventually made a cash transfer of a total sum of fifty-five thousand Naira (N55,000) in two instalments of seven thousand and five hundred naira (N7500) and forty-seven thousand and five hundred naira (N47,500) only for the eggs on January 21 and 25, 2022, respectively.

“The money was deposited in a GTBank account, which the suspect claimed was the account belonging to his company secretary. Whereas, the account number actually belongs to a Point Of Sales (POS) operator at Owode-Ede.”

While disclosing that the crime committed by the suspect was tantamount to obtaining money under false pretence, Adigun stated that he had violated Section 1(1) A(C) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006.

He explained that he contravened the act because he fraudulently obtained money from his victim knowing that he had no eggs for sale and he did not own any poultry farm.

The command spokesperson, however, stated that the suspect would be charged to court in due course because he has volunteered confessional statements to confirm his culpability.

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Oyetola urges Osun voters to safeguard PVC ahead of guber election

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Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun has urged the electorate in the state to safeguard their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ahead of the July 16 gubernatorial election in the state.

The governor made the remarks  on Thursday during what was described as a “strategic tour” of Ila Federal Constituency Area of the state.

Oyetola also urged members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to keep their membership registration slips safe ahead of the party’s primary.

He appealed to them not to allow any individual to deceive them  with ”fake loan” to steal still their PVCs from them.

“I implore you to keep the party’s registration slip issued during the accreditation exercise and your voter’s card safe.

“With the look of things, it seems that the party will opt for direct primary, if it is so, the membership slip will be used for the exercise.

“Some people want to collect your PVC and membership slip with the pretence to give you a loan.

“They are all liars, the loan that they did not give you two years ago, they are lying to give you months to the election.

“They are promising you food now, they are liars. We started our food support programme last year April and we did not stop it.

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“We are not doing this because we want to get votes from you, but it is because of our genuine love for the people.

“Let us be prepared for the primary election of our party and the gubernatorial election,” he said.

In his remarks, the Orangun of Ila, Oba Abdul Oyedotun, said the achievements of the governor in the development of the state were enough testimonies for him to be reelected.

Oyedotun, who noted that the governor would triumph in the election, said the electorate were behind him.

“Your achievements speak for themselves and we are proud of what you have done.

“Your second term ambition will be successful and whoever tries to stand on your way, will not witness your success story.

“ Don’t despair, our ancestors were faced with travails and they emerged triumphant, you shall overcome yours too.

“Your detractors will witness your success and you will triumph over them,” the Oba said. (NAN)

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