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House of Representatives, Praises NASC for breaking 22 Years of Stalled Development, Promises More Funding

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Chairman House of Representatives committee on Establishment and Public service,Engr. Sani Umar Bala Kunchi has reassured that more funds will be allocated in the subsequent years to ensure early completion and the problems of accomodation bedevilling the commission becomes a thing of the past.

The Committee Chairman made the observation when he led the members the committee on oversight function and inspection of the location of it’s proposed office after meeting with the management of the commission.

Chairman NASC Engineer Ahmed Kadi Amshi FNSE presenting a gift to the Chairman House of Representatives committee on Establishment and Public service,Engr.Sani Umar Bala Kunchi during the committee visit today

He praised the Executive Chairman of the Commission for breaking the jinx of over 22 years, that led to the allocation of 3 Billion in this year’s budget. ‘We made efforts with the determination of the Chairman and appropriated initial 3 Billion for the commission’s headquarters, in the 2021 fiscal year.’ ‘We are part of arrangements by the commission to come up with a ground breaking ceremony arrangement due for June 11, inview of preparations and processes of commencement of the project being put in place.’

NASC chairman, NASC Secretary, and other principal officers in a group photograph with Members, House committee on Establishment and Public Service

‘We are assuring Nigerians that yearly appropriation of budget will be a recurring decimal,untill the proposed commission edifice is put in place.’ ‘It is not our intention to concede abandoned projects, as the new commision’s headquarters will not be among such projects.’   ‘We need to imbibe prudence, accountability and dilligence in the public service, just like the commission is dispensing in the last one year.’

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NASC Chairman, Engineer Ahmed Kadi Amshi FNSE addressing the House of Representatives Committee members today at the commission office, Abuja

 

‘We delibeated that payment of such a huge amount yearly as rent for the current office is no longer feasible,and uneconomical,hence the huge allocation in this year’s budget for the new building.’ Engineer kunchi also commended the choice and site of the proposed edifice,saying proximity to the National Assembly will enhance productivity on the commision’s staffers. Earlier in her remarks,a member of the Committee, Mrs Taiwo Iluga asked the commission to hasten the process of reviewing the engagement of more legislative aides from 5 to 10,saying it is telling on the lawmakers the few allocated to each member. She said funds meant for salaries and allowances of the five aides attached to each lawmakers is used for payment of many constituents.

NASC officials and House Committee during a round table discussion today

‘We are constrained to share among our retinue of aides salaries meant for five statutorily legislative aides alloted to lawmakers.’ ‘The review upward from 5 to 10 as proposed by the commission will be the best thing that will happen to the current lawmakers,’ Mrs Taiwo exclaimed. The commission’s Chairman, Engineer Ahmed Kadi Amshi FNSE says the commission has approached the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation’s and Fiscal Commission RMAFC with an assuramce of a review upward of legislative aides to each Lawmaker to at least 8 if not 10. ‘We are not only proposing the increase in the numbers of legislative aides,but to enhance both their remunerations, conditions of service,grade levels to attract more quality service to their paymasters.’

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PHOTOS: PDP Nat’l Chaiman, Prince Secondus, Maibaisira, Col. Austin Stormed IBB, House Minna

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PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, the National Financial Secretary, Abdullahi Hussaini MaiBasira and Col.

Austin Akobundu National Organising Secretary when the National Chairman paid a consultative visit to Gen.Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida(IBB) at his Hilltop residence in Minna, Niger state.

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BREAKING: Workers To Earn More As FG Seeks Pay Parity, Says Finance Minister

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Contrary to reports by some media, the federal government is not thinking of cutting wages, rather mulling salary harmonisation.

This is against the backdrop of the fact that there are some government agencies paying much higher than others, for staff on the same grade level.

Therefore, the government, according to Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, is seeking more of pay parity. She disclosed at the ongoing ‘National Policy Dialogue on Corruption and Cost of Governance in Nigeria’ organised by the Independent Corrupt Practice Commission (ICPC) in Abuja on Tuesday that the President had directed the salaries committee to review payroll and also review the number of agencies.

“What government hopes to achieve is to redistribute wages equally across board.

Let us bring our salary structure within government agencies as close or as equitable and fair. “what we seek to achieve is to create fairness and equity and to reduce cost” With this readjustment, when finally done, workers in the public service will earn a fair and equitable wages,” she said.

“We still see government expenditure increase to a terrain twice higher than our revenue,” Ahmed said.
The government had approved a N13.88trillion budget with a deficit of over N5.6trillion, and projected a revenue of N7.98trillion to fund part of the 2021 budget.

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The Honourable Minister urged that all agencies must come together to trim their costs, given Nigeria’s dwindling revenue. According to her, the government would also remove some unnecessary items from the budget as a move to cut the cost of governance in the country.

She said, “We need to work together, all agencies of the government to cut down our cost. We need to cut down unnecessary expenditures. Expenditures that we can do without. Our budgets are filled year in year out with projects that we see over and over again, and also projects that are not necessary.”

“President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the salaries committee, which I chair, work together with the head of service (HOS) and other members of the committee to review the government pay rolls considering stepping down on cost.”

She revealed that the government would also review the number of government agencies in terms of their mandates. Ahmed disclosed that for agencies with the same mandate, the government would look at merging the two.

The Chairman of ICPC, Mr. Bolaji Owasanoye, noted during the stakeholders meeting, that the cost of governance is the “driver of corruption in Nigeria.” He said that the government had committed to improving the country’s revenue from new and existing sources.

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Owasanoye said that the government’s commitment to streamline payroll, removal of subsidies and reduction of the cost of contracts and procurement are all for the benefits of the poor and vulnerable. He also said that a critical area of concern was he called ‘payroll padding’ and the ‘phenomenon of ghost workers.’

The ICPC boss lamented the duplication of projects such as the constituency projects of lawmakers, and noted that funding for such projects was usually released without any mechanism for monitoring and evaluation and reconciliation of the funding. He then cited a project executed by the Redeemed Christian Church of God which was inadvertently diverted as an executive project.

Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi
Special Adviser, Media and Communications
To the Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning
5th May, 2021

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Three Kidnapers Lynched by the Men of Vigilatee in Sokoto State.

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Reported case of lynching of three suspected kidnappers in Goronyo, OBSERVERS TIMES report.

They were burned by the Vigilante group who apprehended them.

The three suspects are two male and a lady aged between 18 and 25. This looks like a jungle justice as there is no confirmation of their offences by the constituted authority.

It’s a first experience in Goronyo and surrounding villages that have becomes one of the highly risk and dangerous area for the reported attacks and kidnapping cases in Sokoto state.

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