The Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has charged the leadership of the Nigerian Navy to tailor their trainings to be in line with the 21st century challenges.
Governor Ikpeazu who was a Special Guest at the commissioning of the Central Bank of Nigeria Intervention Projects at Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College, Owerrinta, Isialangwa South LGA said Nigeria is beset with myriad of security challenges, especially, insurgency which requires urgent attention. According to him, the trend places new burden on the shoulders of the Navy and other security outfits in the country.
Dr. Ikpeazu said that time has come to put aspect of Finance Intelligence on the curriculum of the Armed Forces of the country to ascertain movement of funds outside Nigeria, especially by insurgents.
He commended the vision and depth of the Nigeria Navy in thinking towards training as what is required to enhance the confidence of the officers and men of the force and expressed happiness with the track record of the Nigerian Navy.
While noting that the Nigerian Navy has remained a flaship force that every other security arm in Nigeria tries to emulate, he appreciated the contributions of the Nigerian Navy in sustaining law and order. He pledged the support of the Abia State government towards the operations, development and growth of the Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College, Owerrinta.
Governor Ikpeazu, who urged the students of the College to make good use of the conducive environment provided for their learning assured that Nigeria would rise from the ashes of its challenges to be the pride of Africa.
In his goodwill message, the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma lauded the officers and men of the Navy for their efforts in protecting lives and property in Abia and Imo States.
He thanked the management of the CBN for the intervention in the College and commended the citizens of Abia and Imo States for their sustained support to the Nigerian Navy in doing their job and urged them to sustain the support to the officers and men of the Navy
Speaking, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo said the event was a testimony of the good relationship existing among the Nigerian Navy, CBN, Abia and Imo States. He saluted the collective efforts of the stakeholders and CBN in realizing the projects .and expressed gratitude that the college has introduced OND and other practical courses.
In her speech, the representative of the CBN, Mrs. Amina Oni said the college was important to the development and trainings of the officers hence the need to intervene in the construction of the buildings,which she described as part of the corporate social responsibility of CBN.
Earlier, the Commandant, Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics College, Owerrinta, Commander Suleman Abdullah appreciated the CBN for the construction of building projects
which include; Administration Block, Academic Block, Auditorium, Library & Dinning Halls, Hostels amongst others.
He said the buildings would assist the institution greatly and thanked Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for his support, saying that he was pleased by the Governor’s presence at the event.
One of the projects, a gigantic three storey male hostel building was named after a former Military Governor of the old Imo State, Rtd. Navy Commodore Amadi Ikwechegh.
Sir Onyebuchi Ememanka
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
12th April 2021.
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Contrary to reports by some media, the federal government is not thinking of cutting wages, rather mulling salary harmonisation.
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.
“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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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.”
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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.
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
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To the Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning
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