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Senate seeks better funding for Niger Delta Affairs Ministry

Minister of Niger Delta Senator Godswill Akpabio (middle) at the 2022 budget presentation.

The Senate, has called   for better funding for the Niger Delta Affairs Ministry, to sustain the current peace being enjoyed in the region.

They made the call during the 2022 Budget defence by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, before the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs.

Senator James Manager, representing Delta South  noted that the budget allocated to the Ministry in 2021 and 2022 was inadequate to achieve anything meaningful in the region, and  advised that frantic effort should be made  to sustain the current peace being enjoyed in the region.

 Another member of the committee, Senator George Sekibo, was concerned on the state of the East west road which is often used by transporters in the region.

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

He stated that the Ministry also sought to allocate its scares resources in accordance with government priorities, and stressed that the proposal further complied with the 2022 Budget Circular, which directed that MDAs should accord priority to ongoing projects, with attention to those nearing completion.

 The Minister explained that “the 2022 budgetary allocation   of over N26.5 billion naira is inadequate to achieve the goals and mandate of the Ministry to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people.

He said that the dwindling budgetary allocation to the Ministry has necessitated the need for budgetary increase adding that the ministry has increased level of Outstanding Liabilities.

Reporting by Amaka Ene, editing by Daniel Adejo.