Navy: Insufficient Arms, Jetties, Others Hindering Our Output

Navy: Insufficient Arms, Jetties, Others Hindering Our Output

The Nigerian Navy on Monday decried that inadequate jetties and arms are hindering their performance.

Awwal Zubairu Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff disclosed this while defending the 2022 budget before the House of Representatives Committee. THIS DAY reports.

According to THIS DAY, in Gambo’s words: “The immediate challenges to the Nigerian Navy operational efficiency include inadequate platforms, jetties, arms and ammunition and obsolete logistics support facilities. Others are huge material and personnel cost for maintaining seized and arrested vessels and baggies and shortage of barracks accommodation amongst others. Some of the key challenges are briefly highlighted in the brief before you”. Information Guide Nigeria

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Reviewing the 2021 budget performance, Gambo explained that the capital budget of N25.3 billion was appropriated for the year 2021 and has so far been fully released.

According to him, the released funds have been used to fund the implementation of critical projects.

On the 2022 budget proposal, the Naval Chief said that a total of N220,236,832,129.64 was proposed but was slashed to N25.8 billion by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning. jamb results

Gambo said: “The Nigerian Navy priority projects as outlined in the strategic plan 2021 to 2030 are fleet renewal, concept and organization, capital development, fleet support Infrastructure, operations, logistics as well as personnel welfare. Thus, for year 2022, the Nigerian Navy initial capital expenditure budgetary estimates amounted to N220,236,832,129.64. However, the Nigerian Navy was obliged to review the estimate down to the N25.8billion equivalent to about 11 per cent of the Nigerian Navy’s needs which was given by the ministry of finance, budget, and national planning as the Nigerian Navy’s budget ceiling.

“The Nigerian Navy year 2022 personnel cost amount to N108,165,092,586. This amount is required for the payment of salaries and particularly, the allowances contained in the manual of financial administration for the armed forces of Nigeria 2017. Part of the money proposed will also cater for the National Health Insurance Scheme”.

On Internally Generated Revenue Generated (IGR) projection, Gambo said the Navy was expected to raise about N232,934 million.

“The Nigerian Navy IGR projection for 2022 amounts to N232,934,11.04. The revenue is expected to be sourced from auction of unserviceable equipment, contractors registration and taxes, VAT, and stamp duty. The major focus of the 2022 budget remains the ongoing fleet renewal, concept and organization, fleet support Infrastructure, operations logistics, and capacity upgrade while efforts to improve the welfare of personnel will also be sustained”, he said.

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