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Social Protection: Zulum Doles Out N62.7m To 846 Stores’ Labourers

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Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, on Monday gave a total sum of N62,750,000 to 846 elders and labourers providing services at Bolori Stores, a popular area in Maiduguri where trailers offload and move variety of wholesale food and non-food products from Borno to other parts of Nigeria and neighbouring countries.

The distribution was in continuation of Governor Zulum’s sustained economic packages aimed at enhancing livelihoods and building resilience of citizens as part of counter-insurgency measures.

Of the 846 beneficiaries, Zulum presented N100,000 each to 409 elderly low income persons operating around the stores, some of who, for many years, have been into manual labour. The elders jointly received a total of N40.9 million.

The governor also presented N50,000 each to 437 younger labourers made up of 387 men and 50 women. They jointly received a total of N21.8 million.

Zulum urged the recipients to use the cash for micro businesses with a view to increasing their sources of income.

He described the labourers as highly a productive population whose line of work helps in making available basic necessities needed by all categories of citizens across Borno State.

The Governor noted that their activities significantly contributed to the state’s economy, noting that many trailers arrive and depart Bolori Stores everyday to bring in food and non-food items into Borno State and move similar products to other parts of Nigeria and neighbouring countries. Such activities, Zulum said, contribute to the state’s economy.

The Commissioner for Sports and Youths Empowerment, Saina Buba, whose ministry coordinated the intervention, said Zulum had supervised similar empowerment programmes in different parts of the state.

One of the beneficiaries was full of gratitude to the governor, saying some of them were receiving such amounts for the first time.

The beneficiaries promised to make good use of the gesture.

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Kano LG Commissioner Warns Staffs Against Absconment, Dedication To Duty

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By Abdullahi Alhassan, Kaduna

Kano State Deputy Governor and Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Comrade Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo has sternly warned staffers of local governments to be at their duty posts all the times for effective service delivery.

Comrade Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo gave the warning when in company of the ministry’s Permanent Secretary and other management staff paid impromptu visit to Dawakin Kudu and Kura local governments secretariats.

In a Press statement Signed and issue to newsmen by Dahiru Lawan Kofar Wambai Public Relations Officer Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs,explained that.

At Dawakin Kudu, the Deputy Governor expressed happiness as he met the Interim Management Chairman and the supporting staff in their offices and ordered for a commendation letter to the Interim Management Chairman in person and to the local government as a whole.

The reverse was the case at Kura local government where the Deputy Governor and his team couldn’t meet management and other staff of the local government, a situation that warranted the Deputy Governor to direct the management of the local government to report to the headquarters of the Ministry for Local Government for further action.

He reiterated the determination to continue with the unscheduled visit to local governments in the state stressing that no any staff found wanting would be spared in facing the wrath of the law according to stipulated rules and regulations.

Comrade Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo, called on the staffers of local governments across the state to brace up to their engagements as Kano State Government under Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf is willing to implement policies and programmes aimed at uplifting the living standard of people of Kano State.

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammad Kabara said the ministry will continue to monitor the performance of its staff with a view of rewarding hardwork and commitment and discouraging laxity and truancy.

The Interim Management Committee Chairman of Dawakin Kudu local government, Alhaji Rabi’u Dogo Tamburawa thanked the Deputy Governor for the unannounced visit which he described as a morale booster to the staff of the local government.

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NDE Commences Training Of 20 Unemployed Youths In Taraba

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By Sani Yarima 

The Taraba state office of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has commenced the training of twenty unemployed youths on the Environmental Beautification scheme in the state.

Speaking at the opening ceremony on Friday at Camp Lavet in Jalingo, the state Coordinator, Mr. Christopher Bamsida, said the participants were recruited under the Special Public Works Department of the NDE, aimed at reducing unemployment in the state.

Mr. Bamsida explained that the scheme was designed to train employed school leavers in plaster of Paris (POP), and hard and soft landscaping, leading to the acquisition of skills in erosion control, environmental beautification protection, and sanitation.

According to him, the environmental beautification training scheme is aimed at showcasing the resilience of youth who are making strides in various fields.

He emphasized that the agency recognized the potential of vibrant youths and was dedicated to providing them with the skills needed to build a prosperous and sustainable future.

Mr. Christopher Bamsida stressed the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills, abilities, understanding, and work habits necessary for gainful employment and entrepreneurship.

He pointed out that the choices of these skill sets were deliberate attempts at making an impact in the global system.

Mr. Bamsida urged the trainees to concentrate and acquire the skills, as this would enable them to become relevant decision-makers in the economy of life.

Additionally, Mr. Christopher Bamsida called on well-meaning individuals, organizations, and government at all levels to support NDE’s efforts to reduce unemployment in the country.

He expressed gratitude to the Taraba state Governor, Dr. Agbu Kefas, for creating a conducive environment for the Directorate to thrive in the state.

In his remarks, the Head of the Department of Small Skills Enterprise, Usman Bwala advised participants to take advantage of the training, urging them not to let the Federal government down.

Mr. Solomon Rimamnyang thanked the federal government and NDE for allowing them to receive training in such skills, promising on behalf of the beneficiaries not to fail the federal government in its efforts to add value to the labor market.

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FAAC: FG, States, LGCs Shares N1, 208.081 For April, 2024

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By Sani Yarima 

The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), at its May 2024 meeting shared a total sum of N1,208. 081 Trillion to the three tiers of government as Federation Allocation for April 2024 from a gross total of N2,192.007 Trillion.

In a statement released to SAHEL REPORTERS on Thursday, May 16th, 2024 by Mohammed Manga *FCIA*, Director of Information and Public Relations in the Ministry said the meeting was chaired by the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun, 

From the stated amount inclusive of Gross Statutory Revenue, Value Added Tax (VAT), Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL), and Exchange Difference (ED), the Federal Government received N390.412 Billion.

The States received N403.403 Billion, and the Local Government Councils got N293.816 Billion, while the Oil Producing States received N120.450 Billion as Derivation, (13% of Mineral Revenue).

The sum of N80.517 Billion was given for the cost of collection, while N903.479 Billion was allocated for Transfers Intervention, and Refunds.

The Communique issued by the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) at the end of the meeting indicated that the Gross Revenue available from the Value Added Tax (VAT) for April 2024, was N500.920 Billion as against N549.698 Billion distributed in the preceding month, resulting in a decrease of  N48.778 Billion.

From that amount, the sum of N20.037 Billion was allocated for the cost of collection and the sum of N14.426 Billion was given for Transfers, Intervention, and Refunds. 

The remaining sum of N466.457 Billion was distributed to the three tiers of government, of which the Federal Government got N69.969 Billion, the States received N233.229 Billion, and Local Government Councils got N163.260 Billion.

Accordingly, the Gross Statutory Revenue of N1,233.498 Trillion received for the month was higher than the sum of N1,017.216 Trillion received in the previous month of March 2024 by N216.282 Billion. 

From the stated amount, the sum of N59.729 Billion was allocated for the cost of collection and a total sum of N889.053 Billion for Transfers, Intervention, and Refunds.

The remaining balance of  N284.716 Billion was distributed as follows to the three tiers of government: the Federal Government got the sum of N112.148 Billion, States received N56.883 Billion, the sum of N43.855 Billion was allocated to LGCs, and N71.830 Billion was given to Derivation Revenue (13% Mineral producing States).

Also, the sum of N18.775 Billion from the Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL) was distributed to the three (3) tiers of government as follows: the Federal Government received N2.704 Billion, States got N9.012 Billion, Local Government Councils received N6.308 Billion, while N0.751 Billion was allocated for Cost of Collection.

The Communique also disclosed the sum of N438.884 Billion from Exchange Difference, which was shared as follows: Federal Government received N205.591 Billion, States got N104.279 Billion, the sum of N80.394 Billion was allocated to Local Government Councils, while N48.620 Billion was given for Derivation (13% of Mineral Revenue).

Oil and Gas Royalties, Companies Income Tax (CIT), Excise Duty,  Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT), Customs External Tariff levies (CET) and 
Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL) increased significantly, while Import Duty and Value Added Tax (VAT) recorded considerable decreases.

According to the Communique, the total revenue distributable for the current month of April 2024, was drawn from Statutory Revenue of N284.716 Billion, Value Added Tax (VAT) of N466.457 Billion, N18.024 Billion from Electronic Money Transfer Levy (EMTL), and  N438.884 Billion from Exchange Difference, bringing the total distributable amount for the month to N1,208.081 Trillion.

The balance in the Excess Crude Account (ECA) as of May 2024 stands at $473,754.57.

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