Akwa Ibom's Budget of Infrastructural Development

With Akwa Ibom State, we have finally found a budget that allocates more than 70% to capital expenditure – the recommended minimum to achieve accelerated and meaningful development in an under-developed setting. But is that enough? Or is the quality of spending of the capital budget as important? How about the split between human and physical capital investments? Does that proportionate allocation translate into prudence, enhanced transparency and accountability? And do these guarantee a better quality of life for citizens of the state? We will explore some of these with the analysis of the 1,095-page document titled “Approved Estimates of Akwa Ibom State for 2012.”

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Located in Nigeria’s oil-rich South-South zone, Akwa Ibom State was created in 1987 out of the old Cross River State. The state is bordered on the east by Cross River State, on the west by Rivers State, on the South by the Atlantic Ocean and the North by Cross River and Imo States. The state has a population of 3.9 million in 2006 spread over 31 local government areas, and Uyo is its capital. Akwa Ibom is the 14th most populous state in Nigeria, and is the 3rd most populous in the South-South zone: Bayelsa has the lowest population of 1.7 million in the zone, and Rivers the highest with 5.1 million people. Its urban centers include Uyo, Eket, Ikot Ekpene, Abak, Ikot Abasi and Oron. The dominant ethnic groups are Ibibio, Anang, Oron, Eket, and Mbo. The main spoken languages are Ibobio, Annang Eket and Oron in addition to English.
According to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Akwa Ibom covers a land area of some 6,800 square kilometers, smaller than the federal capital territory of Abuja. However, with an estimated GDP of $11bn in 2010, has an economy larger than at least 30 African countries including Gambia, Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Sao Tome and Principe. Its modest population exceeds that of Botswana, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Gabon, and Sao Tome & Principe.
From the arable land of the saline water swamp forests in the South, to the rainforest in the North, most of Akwa Ibom State is naturally endowed with enormous agricultural, mineral and hydrocarbon potentials. Its tropical climate with abundant, year-round rainfall enables the growth of oil palm, cocoa, rubber, cassava, maize, rice, yams and cocoyam. There are large deposits of oil and gas within the land and the waters adjoining the state, and other minerals like limestone, clay, gold, salt, coal, silver nitrate and glass sand exist in commercial quantities.
According to a UNDP survey in 2010, Akwa Ibom has the 3rd highest poverty rate of 27.1% in the South-South zone after Cross River (31.9%) and Bayelsa (32.5%), but these are better than the nation’s poorest -Yobe’s (58%) and worse than much better Lagos with 14.5%. According to the NBS as at 2010, the state’s unemployment rate is the second highest in the South-South zone with 25.8% while Delta State has the worst (27.2%). On a brighter note, Akwa Ibom leads all states in the zone in the ease of Doing Business 2010 based on a World Bank study with an overall ranking of 20th out 36 states and FCT, with Edo ranked 21st, while Cross River was 33rd.
Tunde Ogbeha was the first governor of the state, with seven other governors succeeding him since 1988. Obong Victor Attah, a distinguished architect was the first governor elected in this republic. He laid the foundations for the future growth of the state through the formulation of deliberate and thoughtful plans and designs for infrastructure, human capital and tourism development. The current governor, Godswill Akpabio was first elected on the platform of the PDP in April 2007 and was re-elected in an atmosphere of violence and arson to contain the challenge of the ACN candidate in the 2011 contest, John Akpanudoedehe. In spite of this Akpabio appears to enjoy the support of his people, and he is adjudged to be performing well above average by development partners, Akwa Ibom citizens and outside observers.
Godswill Akpabio studied Law at the University of Calabar and the Nigerian Law School, Lagos. He first taught at the Afaha Secondary School, Essien Udim for a short period, before joining a law firm in Lagos as an Associate. In 1995 he was employed as Director, Corporate Affairs/Legal Services of EMIS Telecoms, which was a telecoms services provider. His career in public service began in 2002 when he became the state Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources, followed by positions in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and then the Ministry of Lands and Housing in 2006. He was a key member of the Obong Attah cabinet that governed the state between 1999 and 2007.
The 2012 budget for the state is N407.8bn, as against the N419.78bn in 2011. Out of the 2012 figure, N66.244bn (16.2%) is for recurrent expenditure while N341.5bn (83.7%) is earmarked for capital expenditure. This indicates the government’s commitment to achieving real development and improving the living standards for its people. The budget would be financed from federation account (N242bn), internally generated revenues (N21.65bn), local and foreign loans (N65bn), grants (N2bn), an opening balance of N21bn and N100 million from the ecological funds.
Analyzing the recurrent budget further, N33.28bn is earmarked for personnel costs and N13.10bn for overhead costs. The personnel cost budget covers the 20 commissioners, 39 permanent secretaries and equivalent, 6 special advisers, 36 special assistants, Chief of Staff, SSG and Head of Service, 57 chairmen and members of executive bodies and the bureaucracy below them of some 26,000 employees. It is clear that the state’s IGR of N22bn will not cover its personnel cost. The state needs to reduce its dependence on FAAC. In realization of this, the state has completed the construction of 13 new tax offices in various local governments last year, and is actively increasing its equity investments in blue chips through the Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MOFI).
Scrutinizing the capital budget of N197.533bn further indicates that the Economic Sector gets N128.9bn (37%), Social Services get N60.7bn (17.7%), Environment and Regional Development get N52bn (15.2%), and General Administration gets N99.8bn (29%). The capital spending priorities of the 2012 budget reveal carefully thought out and focused expenditure. In a bid to expand the production base of the state which would directly increase IGR and tax collection, N38.1bn have been set aside to establish state-owned industries. This policy initiative would work if carefully designed and well-implemented in partnership with domestic and international private sector management. Agriculture gets an impressive N11bn to build on the efforts started in 2011 when more than 4,000 participants from the 31 local governments were trained and empowered by soft loans of up to N500, 000 to build and operate their farms. In the same year, the government through its Akwa Ibom State Strategic Food Reserve Programme spent about N1.5bn to acquire internal food storage facilities with the capacity for 30,000 tons of grains, 10,000 tons of fish and 50,000 tons of fertilizer, in a bid to improve food security within the state. How these expenditures translate to the life of the citizens is not quite clear yet.
Akwa Ibom is home to the 170,000 metric tonne per annum Aluminium Smelter in Ikot Abasi - which sadly cost over four times the international market price to build and complete. The nation’s first state-owned independent power plant - the 191MW Ibom IPP is a commendable model of state contribution to our electricity shortages. These along with some investments like Ibom Meridien and Golf Course and Tropicana Entertainment Complex in Uyo, next door to Obudu Ctalle Ranch and Tinapa in Cross River State, can create a successful services, leisure and tourism cluster if successfully managed.
The Works and Transport ministry gets N71.8bn from which the second phase of the Ibom International Airport will be completed while work on the Deep Sea Port in Ibaka would commence. In 2011, the government constructed over 300 roads covering a distance of about 200 kilometers, many bridges, underground drainage systems and three flyovers. A commendable and successful initiative the state government has launched is the ‘Operation Zero Pot-Holes’ which aims to eradicate potholes on all township roads in Uyo, Ikot Ekpene and Eket.
The state’s performance in Education, Science and Technology is decent but need continuous improvement. This sub-sector gets N19.6bn in the 2012 budget. The state government has renovated many schools, increased teachers’ pay and fringe benefits, including a year-end bonus and has plans to introduce compulsory boarding in all secondary schools. Primary and secondary education is nearly free – fees of N100 and N300 per pupil payable per term respectively, and the equipping of schools and libraries ramped up rapidly. The state has about 12 institutions of higher learning, and out of the 67,852 who sat for JAMB in 2011, 57,080 pupils achieved and excelled beyond the benchmark of 170, this directly translates as an 84.12% pass rate, which is excellent by any standard. Within the South-South zone, Akwa Ibom has the highest JSS enrollment of 156,761 while Bayelsa has the lowest with 42,638. The 2010 National Literacy Survey also shows that Akwa Ibom has a literacy rate in any language of about 79%.
The state has invested in improving healthcare by providing better working facilities, recruitment of qualified healthcare professionals and incentives. It has renovated more than 100 primary healthcare centers and hospitals. In 2011, five new general hospitals were built and a specialist hospital at Ekim Itam is still under construction. In 2012, a total of N16.9bn was voted out of which N11.3bn is for capital expenditure with new cottage hospitals planned for Ibiono Ibom, Nsit Ibom, Mbo and Obot Akara and completion of the specialist hospital.
Akwa Ibom (like Lagos, Kaduna, Gombe and Nasarawa States,) is one of the few we have come across which has a well detailed and structured budget. Unlike Lagos, Akwa Ibom’s ordinary revenue (IGR) is only a paltry 8% of its total revenue; therefore it is one of those many states that rely on Abuja for monthly survival handouts. The state like most other Nigerian states should learn from Lagos, copy its ‘business- like’ model of operation, and strive to make every parastatal and MDA a significant revenue center capable of funding itself to the extent possible, and then cut the size and cost of its bureaucracy.
Governor Akpabio has the unique opportunity of governing a state with immense revenues at a time when he can put the state on a path of sustainable development. This he has done reasonably well so far, with his noteworthy achievements in the provision of physical infrastructure. Preparing the state for a post oil economy requires more – human capital investments and leveraging on the state’s endowments. That means the paltry N16 million for the scholarship board must be increased. Akwa Ibom should sponsor as many people as possible to acquire masters’ and doctorate degrees in the best universities in the world. The state can afford it.
The level of transparency and accountability in state finances must be enhanced by domesticating the federal fiscal responsibility and public procurement legislations. The current personality cult and ‘hero-worship’ around the state governor must give way to building lasting institutions, depersonalized structures and systems of governance. That way, Mr. Akpabio may end up being another odd-fellow – a truly performing PDP governor leaving behind a sustainable legacy. Our prayers are with him to make the right choices.


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Re: Akwa Ibom's Budget of Infrastructural Development
CIkpatt posted on 07-06-2012, 05:45:37 AM
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Governor Akpabio has the unique opportunity of governing a state with immense revenues at a time when he can put the state on a path of sustainable development. This he has done reasonably well so far, with his noteworthy achievements in the provision of physical infrastructure.


No doubt, Gov. Akpabio has done well. Very fair comments by El-Rufai and is a "matter-of-truth" kind of comment that both supporters and critics cannot avoid but tell as it is.

The Akwa Ibom model is what reasonable Nigerians should make a national conversation. And that, with a view to fine tuning for replication and for sustainability.

We have started the conversation. That is why I invite all Nigerians, especially the ones in US, Canada and European countries, to the Akwa Ibom State Economic Summit and Investment Expo taking place in Houston, Texas (August 3-4, 2012) and London (October 12-13, 2012).

In both cities, Akwa Ibom citizens in the Diaspora will also celebrate the State's Silver Jubilee (25 years anniversary) and we want you to join us and our visiting government officials for the MEGA CELEBRATION.

[/B]The Houston, Texas Event[/B]

Venue: The WESTIN HOUSTON MEMORIAL CITY, 945 Gessner Road, Houston, TX 77024 (Tel. No.: + 281 501-4300).

Make your hotel reservation ($92.00/night) today at: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/res?id=1205248768&key=BA2B0 . Cut off date for discounted rate is July 15, 2012. Regular rate is $240/night.

Contact info@akwaibomdiaspora.net if you need a special invitation and/or for more information.
Re: Akwa Ibom's Budget of Infrastructural Development
Bode Eluyera posted on 07-07-2012, 19:14:12 PM
THE ONE TRILLION DOLLAR QUESTION.

WOULD TINUBU, OTHER ACN AND YORUBA LEADERS BE SHORT-SIGHTED AND SO NAIVE TO THE EXTENT OF REPEATING FEDERICK LUGARD AND OLUSEGUN OBASANJO'S TRAGEDIES OF 1914 AND 2003 RESPECTIVELY BY FORMING AN ALLIANCE WITH CPC AND ASSUME THAT IT WILL HELP TO DEFEAT JONATHAN?



Senator Bola Tinubu,we are indebted to you for all you have done so far for the Yruba nation. You have given us a real alternative. But, I am afraid and sad to write that you are about to commit political suicide or harihari which will have a very tragic consequence for the ACN and Yoruba. I am presently working on a new article titled "YORUBA ROONU DADA - RE: SALIHU LUKEMAN'S OPEN LETTERS TO SEN. BOLA TINUBU AND MUHAMMODU BUHARI; EL-RUFAI AND NDIGBO'S PRESIDENTIAL AGENDA IN 2005", part 1 of the series has already been published on nigeriansinamerica.com. Part 2 is 95% ready. The series will be in at least 4 parts. I hope to prove the following in the series:

1. That Tinubu is taking a big but absolutely unecessary political risk which will end up for him, the ACN and Yoruba in tragedy.

2. An alliance with CPC will definitely lead to instabiity and serious political crises in the S.W. and ACN will end up loosing SW states again - like in 2003.

3. Despitethe fact that Jonathan Badluck is another incompetent, corrupt, visionless and morally bankrut opportunist like all his predecessors, nevertheless, the fact still remains that he inherited 95% of the problems that he is presently facing.

4. Neither PDP, ANPP, CPC were formed by Jonathan. They were all formed by the Hausa-Fulani in order to rule Nigeria forever.

5. By forming an alliance with CPC, Tinubu, in actual fact, is providing a platform and helping the North to return power back to the North and continue enslaving the South.

6. The fact that Tinubu and ACN are even contemplating an alliance with CPC only means that the Yoruba have not really learnt their lessons from the June 12, 1992 crises that eventually led to the murder of Moshood Abiola.

7. An alliance with CPC and/or ANPP will provide a good platform and excuse for the Hausa-Fulani to take power forcefully from Jonathan (including coup detat) under any scenario in 2015.

8. An alliance could be viewed as an attempt to intimidate Jonathan and remove him from power

9. El-Rufai, and not Lukeman wrote those letters/articles that he credited to himself.

10. ACN does not need any alliance whatsoever in order to defeat Jonathan and PDP in 2015.

11. Removing Jonathan should not be a do or die affair for the ACN. It should not be at any cost. It will definitely backfire! The long-short term effects for ACN and the Yoruba must be weighed and analysed thoroughly.

12. While it is important to vote out Jonathan in 2015, which region his successor will come from is more important.

13. It's neither in the interest of the ACN nor Yoruba for Jonathan to be replaced by a Northerner.

14. An alliance is a carte blanch by Tinubu and the ACN to the Hausa-Fulani to destastabilize the country. It could lead to another civil war.

15. Ironically as it may sound, it's in the interest of the ACN to contest the 2015 elections

16. CPC is a feather weight party, even in the North, it has no international, and is not capable of winning votes nor elections for ACN. CPC can not supplement ACN. CPC is a liability to the ACN.

17. El-Rufai stands most to gain from an alliance for his presidential ambition.

18. ACN stands a very good chace of winning the 2015 elections if an Ndigbo(for example Chris Ngige) and Babatunde Fashola or you(Bola Tinubu) are the presidential and Vice presidentialmcandidates respectively. This combination will erode and weaken seriously Jonathan's base and give ACN much more votes than a useless and senseless alliance with Hausa-Fulani's CPC.

19. If for any reason ACN fails to win the 2015 elections, it still has a very good chance in 2019, unlike El-Rufai's CPC, which is a dying party that will only bring more problems.

20. It's in the interest of ACN and Yoruba for power to remain in the South.

21. If the North gets power back, there will NEVER be any Sovereign National Conference and Federalism/regionalism. Say bye bye to them FOREVER!

22. An alliance between ACN and CPC will be AUTOMATICALLY interpreted by our brothers in the South South and South East as a 'gang-up' against them by the Yoruba and Hausa. This will back fire and subsequently reduces to zero the probability/possibility of ACN expanding into those regions where it has potential voters.


We must not are miss an historical moment that chance has offered us to get rid of the descendants of Usman Don Fodio for good! We must never allow the Hausa-Fulani to ride on our backs to Aso-rock. Our children and generations to come will never forgive us!!!


THERE WAS NEVER ONE NIGERIA!

THERE IS NO ONE NIGERIA NOW!

AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ONE NIGERIA IN THE NEXT 500 YEARS!

TIME HAS PROVED THAT A HAUSA-FULANI MAN CAN NEVER DEFEND THE INTERESTS(RIGHTS, PROPERTIES AND LIVES) OF NDIGBO NEITHER INSIDE NOR OUTSIDE NIGERIA! LET US STOP DECEIVING OURSELVES!


IT DIED COMPLETELY AND FINALLY WHEN CHIEF MOSHOOD ABIOLA, THE WINNER OF THE JUNE 12, 1992 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS WAS MURDERED IN PRISON BY NORTHERN MILITARY OFFICERS (WITH THE COLLABORATION AND APPROVAL OF THE AMERICAN, BRITISH AND FRENCH GOVERNMENTS)!

WE ALL NEED OUR OWN PRESIDENTS, MINISTERS, AMBASSADORS, EMBASSIES, POLICE AND ARMY TO DEFEND OUR RIGHTS, PROPERTIES, LIVES AND INTERESTS - NIGERIA IS NOT CAPABLE OF DOING THAT FOR 52 YEARS!!!

LET US SAVE NIGERIANS AND NOT NIGERIA FROM COMPLETE DESTRUCTION BY INCOMPETENT, CORRUPT, VISIONLESS AND MORALLY BANKRUPT OPPORTUNISTS LIKE JONATHAN BADLUCK AND HIS COLLEAGUES BY BREAKING UP NIGERIA!!!


JONATHAN BADLUCK, STELLA ODUA, ALLISON MADUEKE HAVE MURDERED THEM AND KILLED THEIR DREAMS!!!! WHAT A
PITY!!!

My articles including "Oodua Republic:To Be Or Not To Be?", 'One Nigeria': To Be Or Not To Be?' and my latest series 'YORUBA ROONU DADA - RE: SALIHU LUKMAN'S OPEN LETTERS TO SEN. BOLA TINUBU, MUHAMMADU BUHARI; EL-RUFAI AND NDIGBOS' 2015 PRESIDENTIAL AGENDA' are available at nigeriansinamerica.com.

YOU ARE FREE TO REPUBLISH THIS POST ON YOUR BLOG, SOCIAL WEB SITES AND SEND IT TO FEMI FALANA,WOLE SOYINKA, BOLA TINUBU,RAUF AREGBESOLA, MUHAMMAD FAWEHINMI, JONATHAN BADLUCK, FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, POLITICIANS, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS, E.T.C. THANK YOU.
Re: Akwa Ibom's Budget of Infrastructural Development
Bode Eluyera posted on 07-07-2012, 19:39:13 PM
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No doubt, Gov. Akpabio has done well. Very fair comments by El-Rufai and is a \"matter-of-truth\" kind of comment that both supporters and critics cannot avoid but tell as it is.

The Akwa Ibom model is what reasonable Nigerians should make a national conversation. And that, with a view to fine tuning for replication and for sustainability.

We have started the conversation. That is why I invite all Nigerians, especially the ones in US, Canada and European countries, to the Akwa Ibom State Economic Summit and Investment Expo taking place in Houston, Texas (August 3-4, 2012) and London (October 12-13, 2012).

In both cities, Akwa Ibom citizens in the Diaspora will also celebrate the State's Silver Jubilee (25 years anniversary) and we want you to join us and our visiting government officials for the MEGA CELEBRATION.

[/B]The Houston, Texas Event[/B]

Venue: The WESTIN HOUSTON MEMORIAL CITY, 945 Gessner Road, Houston, TX 77024 (Tel. No.: + 281 501-4300).

Make your hotel reservation ($92.00/night) today at: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/res?id=1205248768&key=BA2B0 . Cut off date for discounted rate is July 15, 2012. Regular rate is $240/night.

Contact info@akwaibomdiaspora.net if you need a special invitation and/or for more information.


El-Rufai articles are part of his preparation for 2015 presidential elections. Beware! El-Rufai might just be flattering you in order to get your votes and support against jonathan badluck and the PDP. El-Rufai is a cunning fox!
Re: Akwa Ibom's Budget of Infrastructural Development
Ajibs posted on 07-07-2012, 19:57:14 PM
First Anambra and now Akwa Ibom, wetin dis man dey plot for kona sef?

Mallam Rufai, you know I laik you, but I take God and Allah beg you, focus your attention on your own backyard. As the good book says, remove the LOG from your own eye before you look for the SPECK in your neighbors...

The residents and others from those states can either praise of criticize their states adequately, indeed as we have all been doing rather diligently as of course we Nigerians and expert armchair critics. While it is not an issue or wrong for you normally to pay such attention to another state in Nigeria, but considering the dire straits that several northern states find themselves due to Boko Haram, I would have hope a man of your stature, as a recognized progressive (possibly fearless..?) voice of northern Nigeria, would spend practically every moment awake focusing on the crisis and how to solve it.

When we have a situation where infrastructural development development in states like Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Plateau, Yobe and Borno have more or less ground to a halt due to the activities of BH, I strongly beleive that requires your sharp laser beam attention rather that states like Akwa Ibom who are as you noted doing well on their own all by themselves...

Lets hope that one of these days, rather than long articles analyzing the various budgets of Nigerian states, we will see a well written piece and plan from you on how to solve the Boko Haram crisis which does not include just calling the current president names and actual concrete steps in which you will be involved in to make this problem one of the past...
Re: Akwa Ibom's Budget of Infrastructural Development
Bode Eluyera posted on 07-07-2012, 20:40:03 PM
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First Anambra and now Akwa Ibom, wetin dis man dey plot for kona sef?

Mallam Rufai, you know I laik you, but I take God and Allah beg you, focus your attention on your own backyard. As the good book says, remove the LOG from your own eye before you look for the SPECK in your neighbors...

The residents and others from those states can either praise of criticize their states adequately, indeed as we have all been doing rather diligently as of course we Nigerians and expert armchair critics. While it is not an issue or wrong for you normally to pay such attention to another state in Nigeria, but considering the dire straits that several northern states find themselves due to Boko Haram, I would have hope a man of your stature, as a recognized progressive (possibly fearless..?) voice of northern Nigeria, would spend practically every moment awake focusing on the crisis and how to solve it.

When we have a situation where infrastructural development development in states like Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Plateau, Yobe and Borno have more or less ground to a halt due to the activities of BH, I strongly beleive that requires your sharp laser beam attention rather that states like Akwa Ibom who are as you noted doing well on their own all by themselves...

Lets hope that one of these days, rather than long articles analyzing the various budgets of Nigerian states, we will see a well written piece and plan from you on how to solve the Boko Haram crisis which does not include just calling the current president names and actual concrete steps in which you will be involved in to make this problem one of the past...


Thank you o jare Ajibs for your post and observation. El-Rufai is boosting his popularity with those cheap articles and wants to remain relevant. Very soon, we will definitelly know what he is up to - and I will be vindicated. We don't need to wait for that long. It may interest you, El-Rufai and others to know that according to Alhaji Balarabe Musa, the former governor of Kaduna state, the gap between the North and the South in education is 40 YEARS - despite the fact that the North was in power for almost 40 years! Perhaps, El-Rufai would be better off focusing his attention on those frustrated Alamiriji terrorists and beggars who are bombing innocent Southern Nigerians.

And for those clamouring for One Nigeria, what you need to understand is that the North will remain a burden, parasite and clog in the wheel of progress to the South. We will have to continue fending for these millions of unproductive semi-illiterates/illiterates. We must never allow any Northerner to occupy Aso rock at least in the next 20 years. We need to carry out a lot of political, milkitary and economic reform and eventually get rid of these lazy bones who want to reap where they have never sown.

ACN DOES NOT NEED ANY ALLIANCE WITH CPC, A MORIBUND AND DYING PARTY!

SENATOR CHRIS NGIGE AND BABATUNDE FASHOLA AS PRESIDENTIAL AND VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES OF THE ACN ARE MORE THAN CAPABLE OF DEFEATING JONATHAN BADLUCK AND/OR ANY OTHER PDP CANDIDATE!
Re: Akwa Ibom's Budget of Infrastructural Development
Auspicious posted on 07-07-2012, 21:34:53 PM
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First Anambra and now Akwa Ibom, wetin dis man dey plot for kona sef?

Mallam Rufai, you know I laik you, but I take God and Allah beg you, focus your attention on your own backyard. ..


So long as he answers to the nationality \"Nigerian,\" inauthentic or artificial as that tag may be (given the circumstances of Nigeria's emergence by colonial fiat), Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai reserves the fcuking right to speak on or of any part of Nigeria as freely as the spirit moves him to do so, regardless of the kind arrogant statement made by N.A.R. above (which probably stems more from his protectionist stance in favor of the government of the day than anything else).

That aside, any observant member of this forum would easily see that El-Rufai has written similar pieces on budget analysis of states across the board, and that this is only the latest of a series that is likely to include the budgetary analysis of all the 50 states of the Federal Republic - a worthy contribution to our national discourse no less valuable than N.A.R.'s rankadede contributions on the wundafulness of the clueless administration of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
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Re: Akwa Ibom's Budget of Infrastructural Development
Igboamaeze posted on 07-08-2012, 03:26:55 AM
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To start with, Akwa Ibom shares no border with Imo State.

From the standpoint of professional budget analyses, what El Rufai dishes out is mere hogwash. An infantile admixture of geography, history, biography, politics and economics, carefully packaged as an objective and in-depth budget analysis. El Rufai has a long way to go before he can make sense to anyone with a basic understanding of public sector budgeting and accounting. The piece on Anambra State was really a factual mess, if you take away Peter Obi's well known incompetence.

But el Rufai must find relevance. One way or the other...
Re: Akwa Ibom's Budget of Infrastructural Development
Valteena posted on 07-08-2012, 09:36:36 AM
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First Anambra and now Akwa Ibom, wetin dis man dey plot for kona sef?

Mallam Rufai, you know I laik you, but I take God and Allah beg you, focus your attention on your own backyard. As the good book says, remove the LOG from your own eye before you look for the SPECK in your neighbors...

The residents and others from those states can either praise of criticize their states adequately, indeed as we have all been doing rather diligently as of course we Nigerians and expert armchair critics. While it is not an issue or wrong for you normally to pay such attention to another state in Nigeria, but considering the dire straits that several northern states find themselves due to Boko Haram, I would have hope a man of your stature, as a recognized progressive (possibly fearless..?) voice of northern Nigeria, would spend practically every moment awake focusing on the crisis and how to solve it.

When we have a situation where infrastructural development development in states like Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Plateau, Yobe and Borno have more or less ground to a halt due to the activities of BH, I strongly beleive that requires your sharp laser beam attention rather that states like Akwa Ibom who are as you noted doing well on their own all by themselves...

Lets hope that one of these days, rather than long articles analyzing the various budgets of Nigerian states, we will see a well written piece and plan from you on how to solve the Boko Haram crisis which does not include just calling the current president names and actual concrete steps in which you will be involved in to make this problem one of the past...



Lol Ajibs you mean say El Rufai the physician should heal himself/region first before analysing other regions as in the saying "physician or preacher, heal thyself" Good that some are seeing through him he he he.
Re: Akwa Ibom's Budget of Infrastructural Development
Ajibs posted on 07-08-2012, 10:29:41 AM
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To start with, Akwa Ibom shares no border with Imo State.

From the standpoint of professional budget analyses, what El Rufai dishes out is mere hogwash. An infantile admixture of geography, history, biography, politics and economics, carefully packaged as an objective and in-depth budget analysis. El Rufai has a long way to go before he can make sense to anyone with a basic understanding of public sector budgeting and accounting. The piece on Anambra State was really a factual mess, if you take away Peter Obi's well known incompetence.

But el Rufai must find relevance. One way or the other...


Oga Igbo,

Thank you sir. As you said, and I also noted and of course constant Bode (whom I rarely agree with but do here) have said the man surely has something up his sleeves, parts of that write up are obviously not meant to be any form of actual analysis, but just written it seems to remain in the national limelight, one way or another.

Take for example, and consider the statement below:

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Akwa Ibom (like Lagos, Kaduna, Gombe and Nasarawa States,) is one of the few we have come across which has a well detailed and structured budget. Unlike Lagos, Akwa Ibom's ordinary revenue (IGR) is only a paltry 8% of its total revenue; therefore it is one of those many states that rely on Abuja for monthly survival handouts. The state like most other Nigerian states should learn from Lagos, copy its 'business- like' model of operation, and strive to make every parastatal and MDA a significant revenue center capable of funding itself to the extent possible, and then cut the size and cost of its bureaucracy.


First, note the reference to the need for Akwa Ibom to have to depend on their brother in Abuja for survival...

Secondly and more importantly,

How can any real and proper economic analysis compare the internally generated revenue of Lagos a state more or less as old as Nigeria itself, at 50 years old to a state created in 1987, half its age at 25 years old?

How do you sweep under the carpet that first, Lagos was the nations capital for about 30 years and remains till today, the nations commercial headquarters?

How do you negate the important economic fact that Lagos benefited tremendously for the period it was the nations capital from accelerated capital development and hence it is miles ahead of many states in development and states like Akwa Ibom are playing catch up? Also, now that the political capital has moved, the state is left to reap the benefits of the infrastructural development that FG left behind. DUH!!!!???

Let us take a small example, as we all know, Lagos state alone has THREE bridges connecting Lagos mainland to Lagos Island, the economic center built from the colonial days and of course we know the longest built by IBB (Imagine that), all bridges built by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Meanwhile from the industrial and economic nerve center of Nigeria, South East Nigeria, at Onitsha which at a time hosted Nigeria's largest market has one ONE bridge that connects it to the South West, the River Niger bridge built in 1965....

Finally, how do you gloss over the simple fact population? Lagos has an estimated population of 11 plus million people while Akwa Ibom has a population of approximately 4 million plus people. So Lagos has almost 3 times the population AND internal revenue base that Akwa Ibom, if one looks at the population indices alone. Would that not affect the amount of internally generated revenue a state makes?

I know he is deliberately overlooking these facts which I know for sure he is very much aware.

Valteena,

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Lol Ajibs you mean say El Rufai the physician should heal himself/region first before analysing other regions as in the saying \"physician or preacher, heal thyself\" Good that some are seeing through him he he he.


Anyway... let him continue to impress the likes of Auspicious and others...
Re: Akwa Ibom's Budget of Infrastructural Development
Igboamaeze posted on 07-08-2012, 10:46:03 AM
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Thanks, Jibola. For once I feel a deep urge to take el Rufai to Ogbete's School of basic budget analyses. I'm particularly glad that his hatchet job on Anambra State has generated so much response, and that the attendant education is probably more than his short course at Havard gave him. If he were not so stubborn, the lesson from his Anambra gamble is enough to humble and silence him.

But then, he's just born stubborn...
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