9 January 2014

Nigeria: Maths Centre Budgets for Aircraft, Railway, Boat

The National Mathematical Centre (NMC), Sheda, has made plans to spend a total of N2.12 million to maintain and fuel aircraft, sea boats and railway equipment which the institution says it does not have.

LEADERSHIP's analysis of the 2014 budget proposal shows that the centre plans to spend N509,216, N429,056 and N465,522 on the maintenance of aircraft, sea boats and railway equipment respectively while there are additional allocations of N293,974 and N421,224 on fuelling of aircraft and sea boats respectively.

However, the NMC has denied claims concerning its budget which is before the National Assembly, stating that it has not included expenses bordering on aircraft, ship and railway maintenance.

A source in the centre who craved anonymity disclosed to LEADERSHIP that there is no such thing, except if mischief has been planted somewhere.

He said, "We do not have aircraft and so the maintenance of such should not arise. However, we go for Olympiad competitions out of the country and budget has to be made for such, but for maintenance of aircraft, ship or railway, there is no such thing."

Further analysis of the 2014 budget proposal also shows that despite the successful privatisation of the power generation and distribution companies by the federal government, budgetary allocation for purchase, fuelling and maintenance of power generating sets by the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the 2014 budget remained very high.

No less than N5.8 billion has been set aside for the purchase, maintenance and fuelling of generating sets this year alone.

The amount is considered a conservative estimate, since only the allocations by about 150 of the MDAs were captured to arrive at this amount.

Also contained in the breakdown of the budget currently before the National Assembly is an allocation of N1.52 billion being part deposit for the purchase of another aircraft for the presidential air fleet as well as another N2.23 billion for the maintenance and fuelling of aircraft in the presidential fleet.

Some of the heavy allocations for fuel and maintenance of generators were done by the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Economic and Finance Crimes Commission (EFCC), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Directorate of State Security Service (SSS), among others.

According to the analysis, VON plans to spend N274.84 million and N41.9 million for fuelling and maintenance of plants and generators respectively; EFCC budgeted N127 million for fuelling and N10 million for purchase of generating sets, while the SSS plans to spend N297 million for the purchase of unspecified number of power generating sets.

Also, the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board budgeted N94.9 million for the purchase of generators as well as N10 million and N3.19 million for fuelling and maintenance respectively while the DPR plans to spend N81.3 million on fuelling and N6.8 million on maintenance of generators.

Other heavy spenders include the Ministry of Finance which plans to spend N76.5 million and N40.45 million for fuelling and maintenance of generators while the Pension Transition Arrangement Department budgeted N60 million and N5 million respectively for the same purpose. Our analysis also revealed that even the Budget Office of the Federation which shares the same building with the Ministry of Finance has a separate allocation of N35.5 million and N21.28 million for fuelling and maintenance of generators respectively.

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