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2016 Budget:FG Sure Of Meeting Revenue Targets

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United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR), Head of Field Unit in Makurdi, Mr Sam Agwa (left),  with the UNHCR representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mrs Angele Dikongue, during an inspection visit to the UNHCR 200 Room-Shelter Support Project for internally displaced persons in Guma Local Government Area of Benue, recently.

United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR), Head of Field Unit in Makurdi, Mr Sam Agwa (left), with the UNHCR representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mrs Angele Dikongue, during an inspection visit to the UNHCR 200 Room-Shelter Support Project for internally displaced persons in Guma Local Government Area of Benue, recently.

The Minister of State for
Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, yesterday said that the Federal Government would achieve its revenue projections to finance the 2016 budget.
Ahmed gave the assurance in Kaduna at a Town Hall Meeting, organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture to commemorate one-year in office of the President Muhammadu Buhari led-administration.
“We know there is a lot of pessimism about the very ambitious revenue projection in the 2016 budget, planned on oil bench-mark of 38 dollar per barrel.
“However, with the current oil price of 46 dollars per barrel, the Federal Government is very much optimistic that the revenue target will be largely achieved, “she said.
The minister said that the ministry had put in place several measures to ensure cost efficiency in management of government resources.
“We have a unit that scrutinises government expenditure to make sure that there is no wastage.
“We equally have a very robust implementation plan that interacts with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on monthly basis to find out capital development projects that they need resources to implement.
“We allocate the resources only on the assurance that the projects will be actually undertaken.
“We also hope to intensify the implementation of the public financial management reform in various MDAs to boost revenue and cut wastage, “she added.
Ahmed said that the current administration’s zero budgeting was facing some challenges, adding that efforts are on to address problems and harness the full benefits of the system.
She said that the Federal Executive Council had approved 34 priority projects and programmes in six sectors which would be delivered unfailingly.
The minister also said that the administration had taken measures to ensure that Nigeria achieved stable and predictable foreign exchange regime in the next one year.
“We also have a target to ensure a single digit interest rate for lending to the productive sector of the economy.
“The ministry of agriculture is also leading a process to attain sufficiency in rice production by 2018, and equally revamp and expand agro-allied processing to boost production of cash crops.
“Similarly, a road map is being developed to increase private sector investment in tourism, entertainment and sports which would be rolled out in the next 12 months”.
Ahmed also said that the Ministry of Trade and Investment had made a commitment to move the country 20 places up on the ease of doing businesses index, to attract more foreign direct investment into the country.

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More Youths Engage In Artisanal Refining

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As unemployment bites harder amidst rising cost of living, more youths in rural communities in Rivers State are now going into artisanal refining business to earn a living.
The Tide reliably gathered that some youths residing in Port Harcourt City were gradually moving to rural communities for bunkering business otherwise known as ‘kpo-fire’ 
Narrating his experience to The Tide, Mr Godwin Ibeneme who resides in Rumuekini in Akpor, said he was introduced into the kpor-fire business by his father.
Ibeneme, who hails from Ibaa/ Obelle area of Emohua Local Government Area, said his father compelled him to join other youths who were thriving in the business in the community.
“My father came to my house here in Rumuekini, and told me to come to the village, that other young men are making it through kpo-fire’ bunkering since I have lost my job.
“ I didn’t waste time to give it a trial, because I had really looked for what to do, since I lost my job at a fast-food company. Since then, I can tell you that I have been taking care of myself, unlike before when everything looked hopeless”, he explained.
The Tide also learnt that the kpo-fire’ business was currently thriving in Isiokpo axis of Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
A resident of the community who pleaded anonymity, told The Tide that there was a high level of discrimination in the business.
According to him, he decided to engage himself at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, to hustle for his daily bread, instead of staying idle.
The Tide recalls that the Federal Government had promised to build modular refineries in the Niger Delta region since 2019 as an alternative to illegal oil bunkering in the region as well as to create employment for the youth. 
The Tide also reports that three years after the promise was made, nothing has been done in that regard.

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Oyigbo Cassava Plant, Legacy Project   -Akawor

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The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Amb. Desmond Akawor, says the cassava plant project, being executed by the Rivers State Government in Oyigbo is a legacy project that will generate huge employment for Rivers people.
He said the project was well thought out and would stand the test of time to tackle unemployment as well as ensure food availability in the state.
Akawor made the remarks during an interaction with journalists at the weekend in Port Harcourt.
According to him, the cassava plant which was supposed to be executed by the previous administrations, was initially planned to be a joint venture between the state government and some organisations, but that the other partners did not pay their counterpart funding.
“The steps taken by the Wike-led administration to bring this project to life without the counterpart funding is commendable, because of the huge economic benefits it will give to the state.
“Many people have also been employed at the construction sites of flyovers being executed by Julius Berger. Eighty percent of those working there are indigenes, while the company provides the expatriates”, he said.
The  PDP chairman also hinted on the plans of the state government to privatise the Buguma fish farm and banana farm, among others, so as to make them more viable.
He said that the state government had not abandoned the projects initiated by the previous administration, but was thinking on what to do with them. 
Akawor maintained that the employment of 5,000 persons into the civil service was still ongoing, saying the government is only taking time to ensure that indigenes of the state are employed.

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PH Airport Resumes Skeletal International Flight Operations

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Skeletal flight operations have resumed at the international wing of the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.
This follows the lifting of the curfew that was imposed in the state by the Rivers State Government to check cases of insecurity in the state.
The Tide’s checks show that many of the airlines that operate international flights are yet to resume flight operations, even though the coast is clear for them to resume operations.
The Cronaux Airline, it was gathered, is the only airline at the moment that has fully resumed international flight.
Other airlines that operate at the international wing, like the Lufthansa Airline, Turkish Airline, and Ethiopian Airline are yet to resume operations. 
The Acting Head of Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Kunle Akinbode, confirmed the resumption of international flight operations at the airport, last Friday, saying the international wing is now open for international airlines to operate.
He explained that the curfew that was imposed in the state delayed the resumption of international flights operations, even when issues of Covid-19 standard protocols had been addressed.
“Now that the curfew is over and the international wing is open for flight operations, it is left for each of the airlines to work out its own schedule for operations.
“It will not be the duty of the airport management to sort things out for them and know when to resume. I know that some have started. Lufthansa has said they will resume next month, August”, Akinbode said.
The Tide reports that the international wing of the Port Harcourt Airport had been shut since the Covid-19 lockdown, and did not reopen when other international airports in Lagos, Abuja and Kano among others reopened for international operations.

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