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ANPP canvasses for health sector reform By Umar Muhammad Puma

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L-R: National Leader, Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Dr. Garba Abari, National Organizing Secretary ACN, Alh. Abubakar kari and the Party, National Secretary, Senator Lawal Shuaibu,during 2012 Abuja Municipal Area Council Chapter of ACN Talk Show, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-owo

Oshiomhole proposes N150 billion 2013 budget to Assembly From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

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do State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has presented estimated N150, 045, 377, 60 billion budget proposal for 2013 to the State House of Assembly for consideration. The 2013 appropriation Bill christened, ‘’taking Edo State to the next level of development’’ is lower than the 2012 budget which is N159 billion. In the budget breakdown, N64, 341,876,840 billion is for projected capital receipts. N23, 065, 599. 015 billion of the deficit budget is expected to be funded through the World Bank Budget support facilities and additional credit lines.

The budget has N87, 407,475, 855 as capital expenditure as against approved 2012 capital expenditure of N94. 02 for 2012. N62, 637, 901, 205 billion is for recurrent expenditure representing 40 percent of the total budget size. N116, 479, 778.045 billion is for recurrent revenue which is made up of Statutory Receipt of N86. 51 billion, while, N26.97 billion is proposed as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). Oshiomhole said the State government did not ‘attract as much revenue as was estimated in the budget due to reduction in the benchmark on crude from $80 to $72; reduction in personal income tax (PIT) to offer relief to

middle and lower cadre of employees and monthly reduction in Internal generated Revenue (IGR) as well as delay in receipt of the $175 million World Budget support facility. A breakdown of the N62, 637, 901,205 billion recurrent expenditure has N25. 46 billion as Personnel cost, overhead, N16.40 billion; while, N20.76 billion is for consolidated Revenue charges. Roads and infrastructure across the state is expected to gulp a substantial sum of N33, 351, 000.000 billion out of N87.40 billion capital expenditure. Recurrent and capital expenditure for education is N26.7 billion excluding payment of primary school teachers salaries which

is handled by local government Councils. Similarly, the sum of N6.78 billion is allocated to Health sub-sector, comprising of N2.8 billion capital projects and N3.98 billion for recurrent expenditure. N1 has been proposed for water sub-sector, Agriculture N400 million, while N765 million is for energy sector. The governor emphasized that no economic shocks from the Federal Government would bar him from meeting the projected revenue in 2013. He said new projects will be initiated; ongoing ones would be completed, while wastages will be minimized to the barest minimum just as he gave insights into the 2012 budget performance.

Group vows to champion Igbo political course By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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socio-political group, ‘Odinma Igbo’ has resolved to actively participate in formulating and advancing core Igbo positions in the evolving Nigeria politics. In a statement issued yesterday by the Secretary General of the association, Maxi Okwu, the group said that their goal is the enhancement of Igbo interests and development within the Nigerian federation. Okwu explained that they

would attain this objective through a tactical political and economic engagement with stakeholders. “Odinma Igbo is an Igbo political think tank with headquarters in Enugu; we are positioned to proactively articulate progressive and tactical positions on national issues that affect and impact on vital interests of Ndi Igbo,” the statement read. It also disclosed that it has submitted a memorandum that has clearly stated the Igbo position on the review of the

1999 constitution, adding that it is their position that the present six geopolitical zones be enhanced by making them the constituent units with the centre as the federation. “The zones should get constitutional recognition as political and administrative regions. In the first instance the principle of zonal equality must be understood and respected. All Regions would take off with an initial eight state structures. “Subsequently, the six regions shall be left to

delineate by themselves without any federal interference in the number of states or sub-regional structures making up the regions. The irreducible minimum of democratic structures at all levels must be respected. “Substantial powers shall be devolved to the regions and subsequently to the states in the areas of agriculture, education, health, administrative structure, policing and state security,” the group advocated.

he All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) has described the report by the Senate committee on health that the country is losing N80billion annually to medical trips abroad by Nigerians as an outrageous trend that should be condemned by every Nigerian. In a statement issued yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Emma Eneukwu, the party said this trend is too dangerous for a nation that is aspiring to become one of the twenty strongest economy in the world, adding that the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Mohammed Ali Pate, has said that the Ministry of Health proposed N278billion in the 2012 budget, out of which N14.5billion was for capital expenditure. “It is abominable that this PDP government and its self-centered public officers abandon health reforms in Nigeria in their misguided confidence that they could always buy proper medical treatment overseas. We believe that health is not the prerogative of the rich only; it is the right of every living Nigerian,” the opposition party stated. He added that it is unacceptable for the government to map out a budget for the health sector with less than ten percent for capital expenditure. “Capital projects are needed for innovative intervention in the diminishing health status of the Nigerian people. Is it not a shame for a manifest giant of Africa that life expectancy in Nigeria is now 47 years, making it the lowest among West African countries. Yet this position is 30 per cent below the world’s average life expectancy, a situation that is attributable to some health factors, including high death rates in children and women, spread of polio virus, deaths due to carnage on Nigerian roads and other epidemics. “Surely, this horrible statistic is a direct result of the country’s inefficient health system, which is getting worse by the day. In saner climes this is enough to make a government either bow out or own up to the abuse of the people’s mandate,” ANPP added. The party therefore called on the National Assembly to have health reform entrenched in the ongoing constitution amendment as this, according to the party, is the only way to ensure that Nigerians get basic minimum package of health that is affordable, accessible, sustainable, equitable and qualitative. “We urge the Senate to fast-track the passage of the revised version of the long overdue National Health Bill. We believes that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation, and a reformed health sector will give the nation a new lease of life, where the innate productiveness of the great Nigerian people shall be tapped for the good of all, and the building of our great country. We are positive that with proper reforms our dear nation can still achieve the Millennium Development Goals as it concerns health”, he said.

Peoples Daily Newspaper, Friday 09, November, 2012  

Peoples Daily Newspaper, Friday 09, November, 2012 Edition

Peoples Daily Newspaper, Friday 09, November, 2012  

Peoples Daily Newspaper, Friday 09, November, 2012 Edition

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