Senate seeks more funding for Niger Delta Affairs Ministry

Senate seeks more funding for Niger Delta Affairs Ministry

Nigerian Senate has once again advocated for better funding of the Niger Delta Affairs Ministry, in order to sustain the peace being enjoyed in the region.

Speaking during the 2022 Budget defence by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, before the Senate committee, Senator James Manager, noted that the budget allocated to the Ministry in 2021 and 2022 was too meagre to achieve anything meaningful in the region.

He advised that anything humanly possible to sustain the current peace being enjoyed in the region must be encouraged.

He said, “The ministry’s  budget  is too small to sustain the current peace we are enjoying in the region.

It is the zone that keeps the economy of this country moving.

The Niger Delta Region is the most peaceful and to keep that peace, something drastic must be done for the budget of the Ministry.

Similarly, another member of the committee, Senator George Sekibo, questioned why roads, with no economic relevance should be given more attention than the East west road which carries the economic burden of the nation.

He said, “ let us address the issue of the East west road squarely, as we do to other roads.

We are not being fair to the region.

 “We know you as a former governor and former Minority Leader of the Senate and we believe you are capable of handling this East west road.

We cannot blame you for the present state of that road, but we have to do something about the budget of the Ministry.

Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs Ministry, Senator Godswill Akpabio, had said that ” the preparation of the Ministry’s budget was conceived in line with the administration’s 2022 Budget of Economic Growth and Sustainability, which seeks to reposition the Nigerian economy on the path of growth and resilience.

According to him, the Ministry also sought to allocate its scares resources in accordance with government priorities.

“The draft budget further complied with the 2022 Budget Call Circular, which directed that MDAs should accord priority to ongoing projects , especially those nearing completion that fit into the government’s current priorities and will have direct impact on the people of the Niger Delta Region.

“A total budgetary proposal of the sum of =N=28,131,295,396 was allocated to the Ministry comprising Personnel =N=1,692,591,184, Overhead =N=877,089,120 and Capital =N=25,561,615,092.

The Minister noted that the 2022 Budgetary allocation in the sum of =N=26,592,560,040 was however considered meagre and significantly inadequate in the face of the mandate and goals of the Ministry to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people.

He said the impact of Covid-19 Pandemic has further necessitated the intervention of the Ministry to ameliorate the infrastructure and Human Capital Development of the people of the Region.

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Senate seeks more funding for Niger Delta Affairs Ministry

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