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NEITI Remits N30.09trn To Federation Account

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dustry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has said N30.09 trillion was remitted into the Federation Account between 2007 and 2011 from mineral and non-mineral revenues.
The NEITI Chairman, Mr Ledum Mitee, made this known at the public presentation of Independent Audit Reports of 2007 to 2011 Fiscal Allocation and Statutory Disbursement (FASD) audit in Abuja.
Mitee said the audit established that mineral and non-mineral revenues were two major revenue streams that flow into the Federation Account through the office of Account General of the Federation.
He said that mineral revenue remittances account for N23.7 trillion (less joint Venture Cash Calls and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation subsidy claims), while non-mineral revenues stood at N4.01 trillion.
The chairman said that during the same period, the country earned N2.3 trillion from the Value Added Tax.
“From the Report, total transfer to Excess Crude Account (ECA) between 2007 and 2011 stood at N8.53 trillion with the highest transfer of N3.15 trillion was recorded in the year 2011.
“The report indicated that transfers to ECA dropped below one trillion naira in year 2009, recording only N339.54 billion in the whole year.
“The report further disclosed that N31.15 billion was reported by Federal Allocation Committee as under remittance of funds by NNPC in December 2011.
“We have confirmations that NNPC made remittances in February 2012, while the NNPC cited nationwide strike at the same time as reason for delay before the audit window closed,” he said.
He said that the fiscal allocation statutory disbursement audit also revealed that the total oil and gas revenue to the federal, state, local governments was N22.35 trillion.
Mitee said the beneficiaries of the 13 per cent derivation also shared in the sum within the period under review.
He said the breakdown showed that N9.75 trillion was disbursed in 2007, N5.42 trillion in 2008, while N4.28 trillion and N2.80 trillion were disbursed in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
The chairman said the report also showed that there was a general allocation of N7.44 billion to the nine state offices of the Niger Delta Development Company (NDDC).
The amount, he said, was shared to the commission for the completion of their projects.
“It highlighted that most of the projects were neither identifiable nor scheduled for monitoring and proper management.
“The report observed that the NDDC enabling Act is silent on the issue of how the budgets of the oil producing companies are obtained by the commission,” he said.
He said the report further showed that Petroleum Pricing Products Regulatory Agency paid the subsidy on Household Kerosene between 2007 and 2009.
He, however, noted that no such payment was made for the product in 2010 and 2011.
Mitee said subsidy was paid by Debt Management Office as a result of which the agency’s account was not funded in 2011.
“It is underestimated that NNPC deducts its subsidy payment at source from domestic crude sale,” he said
The report, he said, showed that the NDDC received N593.96 billion between 2007 and 2011 and spent N459.24 billion on recurrent and capital projects.
He said the report revealed that the share of Derivation and Ecology Fund stood at N164 billion between 2007 and 2011, while receipt from excess crude account stood at N53 billion.
He said the report disclosed that the total signature bonus collected by the Federal Government between 2007 and 2011 was N109.67 billion.

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Firm Launches New Radio Campaign For Product

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An oil and gas firm, 11 Plc, has launched a new jingle for its mobil super lubricants.
The firm in a statement recently indicated that it is the sole distributor of Mobil fuel and lubricant brands in Nigeria, noting that the radio campaign was aimed at making the brand Nigerian customers’ choice.
“The campaign, which hit the airwaves three weeks ago, was launched to create fresh awareness for all category users of the premium lubricants during the Easter and Ramadan period and beyond”, the statement said.
According to the firm, Mobil Superbrand is a global family of premium passenger vehicle engine oils that provides different levels of protection to match whatever conditions users of the products may encounter.
The company said its vision was to be the number one business group in Nigeria in terms of sustained service, quality and reliability and the first brand of preference by the consumers whilst conducting operations with high safety standards and environmental compliance.
It added that it aimed to provide the best in class products, services and solutions to customers with a focus on safety and environmental standards.

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Arik Air Explains Flight Cancellation In PH Airport

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Arik Airline has clarified that the incident that resulted in passengers getting stranded at Port Harcourt Airport last Tuesday was due to adverse weather conditions.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Public Relations Manager of the airline, Adebanji Ola.
Some passengers of the Arik Air had expressed frustration over being left stranded at Port Harcourt Airport after their flight to Lagos was abruptly cancelled.
The affected passengers, scheduled for the flight from Port Harcourt to Lagos State, got upset by the development, and took to social media platforms to express their grievances.
Nevertheless, the airline had in the statement, reiterated its commitment to safety, highlighting its strict policy to avoid flying in inclement weather conditions, which they said had necessitated the cancellation of the affected flight.
It extended its apologies to customers whose travel plans were disrupted by the unforeseen circumstances, reaffirming its dedication to prioritising passenger welfare.
“We are aware of a recent story circulated in social media alleging that passengers were left stranded at Port Harcourt Airport under our care. It is imperative that we provide clarity on this matter to rectify any misconceptions.
“In the evening of Tuesday, April 2, 2024, our flight W3 744 Lagos-Port Harcourt was compelled to make an air return due to adverse weather conditions, specifically heavy rainfall and thunderstorms in Port Harcourt.
“Consequently, both the Lagos-Port Harcourt (W3 744) and Port Harcourt-Lagos (W3 745) flights had to be cancelled.
“It is crucial to note that by the time of the cancellation, our banking facilities at the airport had ceased operations, rendering funds unfeasible at that moment.
“However, the passengers were promptly briefed on the situation and advised to return the following day for re-protection on available flights”, it stated.
The statement added that on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, all the affected passengers from both Lagos and Port Harcourt were successfully accommodated on available morning and evening flights.

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Settlement On Course For Redundancy Benefits – Aero Airline 

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The Aero Contractors Airline has affirmed  its commitment to clear the remaining five per cent of redundancy benefits owed its workers.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Captain Ado Sanusi, in a press release said the firm was intensifying efforts to address outstanding financial commitments.
He faulted the move by workers union, the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), to issue a press statement, despite ongoing efforts to resolve the issue amicably.
“This should not be an opportunity for disharmony, dialogue is a process. There was a letter written, there was a process agreed upon, and all of a sudden they went to the press. We are ready to resolve the issue”, the CEO stated.
NAAPE had recently issued a letter threatening to go on a protest over non-payment of outstanding redundancy benefits to its members.
The group accused the management of Aero Contractors of depriving the affected former workers access to their entitled benefits.
The protest letter, addressed to the management of the airline, read in part: “Consequent upon the avalanche of complaints received from our members who have been deprived of their fundamental entitlements and denied the rightful collection of their redundancy benefits in the last seven years and given the anguish and mental agonies suffered by them, We are compelled, as responsible representatives of these eminent men/women, including the dead, to protest through this letter and express our bitterness over management’s seeming lackadaisical attitude, insincerity and insensitivity to the continued wellbeing of these great Nigerians”.
The Aero CEO, however, clarified that in the last seven years, the company has paid approximately 95 per cent of the redundancy benefits.
“We should be given credit because this management initiated the process of paying off redundancy. We want our prospective investors to understand that we are a very responsible company, and we take our obligations seriously, not only for staff but also in other areas.
“We update them on a day-to-day basis to ensure business continuity. It is a very tough environment in which we are operating”, he said.
Sanusi stressed the importance of maintaining transparency and communication with stakeholders throughout the process.
He said despite challenges posed by fluctuating exchange rates and fuel costs, Aero Contractors remained steadfast in its efforts to uphold its obligations and ensure business continuity.

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