- The Department of Petroleum Resources has presented a budget proposal of N355 million and N50 million for the agency’s foreign trips and advertisements in the 2018 fiscal year
- The figure stunned members of the Senate committee on petroleum (Upstream), who questioned why it was so high
- The committee chairman, Senator Omotayo Alasoadura, ordered the agency to drastically reduce the amount, before it could be presented to the Senate for approval
Members of the Senate were stunned, as officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) presented a budget proposal of N355 million and N50 million for the agency’s foreign trips and advertisements in the 2018 fiscal year, The Sun reports.
Mordecai Dantani Ladan Baba, the director of the DPR, while breaking down the proposal, stated that the sum of N60.2 million had been proposed for local travels while foreign trips would gulp N355 million; all these, under overhead votes of about N1.2 billion.
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NAIJ.com gathers that the chairman of the Senate committee on petroleum (Upstream), Omotayo Alasoadura, however vowed to reduce the estimates drastically, when sending it for approval.
He stated: “This your proposed figure for foreign trips in the 2018 fiscal year is too high and must be drastically reduced before presenting it to the Senate for approval.
"Even the N60.2 million proposed for local trips in terms of monitoring is also on the high side and may also be reviewed downward.”
Other senators on the committee also queried Ladan Baba, as to why the figures for foreign trips were so high, even compared to the N180 million which was voted for it in the 2017 budget.
In addition to the astronomical figures for traveling, the department also proposed other questionable sums for various activities: advertisement, N50 million; courier services, N19.1 million; consulting services, N102.3 million; recruitment, N2.5 million; promotion, N14.6 million; fueling and lubricant for generators, N182 million; utilities generally, N92.8 million, etc.
The DPR further informed the committee that it had incorporated four ongoing projects and two new ones, into the budget proposal.
However, Senator Alasoadura noted that one of the ongoing projects was the renovation of the agency’s Victoria Island head office.
The senator expressed anger that the project was turning into a reoccurring decimal in the agency’s yearly budgetary proposals.
He questioned Ladan Baba as to when that particular project would be completed, and stated that it must not appear in the DPR’s 2019 budget proposal.
In his words: “You must finish this project latest by June next year as you have just pledged.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Department of Petroleum Resources released a list of shortlisted candidates for its 2017 recruitment exercise.
To view the list of shortlisted candidates, applicants were told to visit the DPR’s official website - recruitment.dpr.gov.ng.
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