Tinkering not yet over for Nigeria’s 2016 Budget

ABUJA — Nigerian Vanguard
FOR the third time, the 2016 Appropriation Bill has been returned as President Muhammadu Buhari was said to have picked holes in the re-worked budget and returned it to the National Assembly for further legislative work. File: Buhari during the 2016 budget presentation to the National Assembly. File photo: Buhari during the 2016 budget presentation to the National Assembly. It was reliably gathered that the re-worked budget was sent to the President at about 1.15 am, yesterday, but was returned to the National Assembly at about noon, yesterday.
It was also gathered that principal officers and members of the review committee from both legislative chambers met, yesterday, at about 3.20pm till about 5.30pm in the Senate wing to reconsider the observations made by the President on the budget. Vanguard’s attempts to get some of the principal officers and the review committee members to confirm or deny the story proved abortive as some of them switched off their phones, while those whose phones were active ignored calls and refused to respond to text messages.
A source close to the committee confirmed that the budget was actually submitted to the President but that he refused to touch it due to some issues he was not comfortable with. He said: “The budget got to the State House at about 1.10 am and Mr. President went through it early this morning (yesterday) and still had some issues with some of the figures. “I cannot tell you exactly what it was but I think the insertions made by the lawmakers were not significantly altered. “You know the lawmakers had moved some allocations for key projects that are dear to the President to other areas, especially to their constituency projects. “Of course, they have changed some but I believe Mr. President is not satisfied with the reconciliation they made. I think this is one of the reasons it was returned.” He also disclosed that the President would assent to the budget today should the lawmakers make all the corrections and transmit the document to him tonight (last night). He said: “I can assure you, Mr. President is desirous to sign the budget because he is aware and has acknowledged that Nigerians are going through hardship.
President Buhari with the 2016 Budget
President Buhari with the 2016 Budget

So, if the budget is cleaned up this night and sent to him, he will sign it as soon as possible. That I know very well.” Further probe into the matter revealed that the N500 million diversion of funds to constituency projects is “what is giving the president headache.” A lawmaker, who is not a member of the review committee but a member of the standing committee on appropriation, told Vanguard in confidence that the “President wants a situation where the insertions should be reduced to about N50 million before he will sign the budget.” The reviewed copy, which was sent yesterday morning did not cut substantially from the N500 million. At press time, the review committee meeting was still ongoing as the members struggled to ensure that all the observations of the President are put in order before presentation.

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A young man of African origin born to a Nigerian family. He grew up to be a project manger turned IT technician. Well experienced IT management professional and business analyst with strong business and project management background across diverse industry. Over twenty years providing IT support to clients in Nigeria and United Kingdom. Professional Background Business process analysis and consultancy. Provision of strategic advice to clients on various business issues ranging from procurement, IT, organization and simplification of work processes to ultimately applying systems approach to provide satisfactory solution to business needs. Proficiency in use of Microsoft Windows Applications, Graphics Applications, etc., General Software Trouble Shooting and Installation, PC trouble shooting, repairs and upgrading. CORE COMPETENCIES ▪ Troubleshooting ▪ Procuring IT Equipment ▪ Desktop Computing Support ▪ Risk Assessment ▪ Disaster Recovery and Contingency Planning ▪ Cost Benefits Analysis ▪ First Line Technical Assistance ▪ Helpdesk Support ▪ Customer Relationship Management ▪ LAN/WAN Network Administration ▪ Hardware and Software Repairs ▪ System Security ▪ Automated Hardware ▪ Data Integrity and Recovery ▪ Content Management Systems ▪ Web Development ▪ Web Administration ▪ Data Configurations ▪ KEY SKILLS AND ACHIEVEMENTS  Understanding Client Needs, Process Streamlining and Reference SOP Creation – Hands-on experience in reviewing personnel mobilisation process along with their IT needs from arrival to demobilisation. Consequently produced a document to easily capture client’s IT requirement as a guide to managing overall departmental/project IT budget. Successfully provided technical assistance by proactively identifying and resolving hardware and software issues. Notified clients/customers in cases of any possible delay in service; also proposed well-defined timeline for resolution of problems. Created spreadsheets as a reference for all standard operating procedures as well as preparing checklist to effectively manage project deliverables and budget.  Proactive Continuous Process Improvement and Cross-Functional Team Integration – Track record of success in resolving remote assistance delivery/network issues that existed for over ten years. Instrumental in developing and implementing new technology to connect and rectify computer issues at remote locations, further enabling support engineers to resolve maximum service request resulting in saving travelling time/cost and improved turnaround time to attain maximum up time.  Incident Management, Quality SLA Delivery and Timeliness – Played an integral role in ensuring successful transfer/relocation of OFON2 project; easily shared folder from Paris (Headquarters) to the Nigerian affiliate including user access control list within SLA. Consistently delivered incident resolution within SLA in 2 months of joining service.  Service Excellence and Project Awarded – Proven record of working as a best serving youth corps member of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd.; obtained a service contract to setup a sub-warehouse/inventory — along with a retired company staff. Significant work experience in effectively delivering first post service contract which was rewarded with a recommendation for registration as an independent procurement agent/supplier. At Total Exploration and Production Nigeria, recommended by the project control manager for direct hire in the first year of engagement for outstanding performance. WORK EXPERIENCE IT Support & Integrated Services | Emex Consult, Leventis Building, 6 Azikiwe Road, Port Harcourt, Nigeria Oct 2015  Oversee the procurement, building, sales and repairs of PC (Desktop and Laptop).  Provision of website development and e-marketing services.  Ensure that customers’ websites are administered in accordance with industrial best practice, with timely deployment of content management systems and updates of relevant extensions.  Provide optimal customer services and administer all service calls and perform necessary software and hardware troubleshooting on all relevant devices.  Ensure hitch-free delivery of IT Support and customer services across the customers.  Supervise and resolve all hardware and software issues and assist to configure all new systems and perform compliance test on all deployment projects.  Carry out preventative maintenance on basic personal computer hardware, peripherals, CMSs and operating systems.  Ensure that all queries on foreign procurement (OEM) receive prompt attention and deliveries executed within SLAs. Client Services Support | TOTAL Exploration and Production Nigeria Ltd. - OFON2 Project PHC, Port Harcourt, Nigeria Feb 2014 – Oct 2015  Accountable for providing apposite support services to IT users while working on the OFON2 project, also providing backup support to the offshore support team.  Coordinating IST requirements for various sites of the OFON2 project while managing various aspects of vision workstation deployment and support.  Supporting and repairing various applications as well as deploying laptops, desktop, printers, scanners and other peripherals.  Providing backend support, coordinating and moving various IST equipment in different locations, resolving various network related issues and handling users complain through remote assistance.  Providing Multifunctional Printer (MFP) support and deployment along with monitoring support magic and resolving calls within SLA. Senior Consultant | Danexcel Services Nigeria Ltd., Port Harcourt, Nigeria Aug. 2013 – Feb. 2014  Conducted audit of various operations of the company business to ensure compliance with relevant industrial standards such as technical, administrative and health and safety. Freelance/Independent IT Support Consultant | EMEX Consult, Herts, UK May 2011 – Jul 2013  Managed various aspects of PC (desktop and laptop) procurement, building, sales and repairs.  Provided support services to clients on procurement of IT equipment and peripherals.  Formulated and implemented corporate IT policies while managing computer support services. IT/Business Consultant | BUSY BEE, Welwyn Garden City, England, UK Nov. 2008 – April 2011  Installed, built, upgraded, repaired, configured, troubleshot, optimised, diagnosed and performed preventative maintenance of basic personal computer hardware and operating systems.  Played an instrumental role in working as an active member of the company’s IT help desk. EARLY CAREER ICT Instructor | Home Tuition Services, Middlessex, London, UK April 2007 – Oct. 2008 IT/Business Support Consultant | G-R Wright Food Processing Co., Enfield, UK Aug. 2006 – Feb. 2007 Principal Consultant | EMEX Systems (Nig) Ltd., Port Harcourt, Nigeria Sep. 2005 – March 2006 State Coordinator (Anambra) | The Presidency, National Youth Peace and Empowerment Project (NAYOPET), Abuja, Nigeria Feb. 2004 – Aug. 2005 Business Support Manager | EMEX Systems (Nig) Ltd., Port Harcourt, Nigeria March 1998 – Feb. 2004 Computing/Business Support Coordinator | Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd. (SPDC) - Security Department, Port Harcourt, Nigeria May 1992 – Feb. 1998 Analyst Programmer | SPDC - Environmental Services Department, Port Harcourt, Nigeria March 1991 – May 1992 Computer Technical Assistant | SPDC - Drilling Operations Department, Port Harcourt, Nigeria March 1990 – Feb. 1991 Contract Stock Analyst | SPDC - Materials Department, Port Harcourt, Nigeria Oct. 1988 – April 1989 Materials Dispatcher | National Youth Services Corps (NYSC)/SPDC, Materials Department, Port Harcourt, Nigeria July 1987 – Aug. 1988 Savings Accounts/Entries Clerk | Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria Nov. 1984 – April 1985 EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS Master of Business Administration – Marketing | University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus July 2001 – May 2003 HND - Business Administration and Management, (Upper Credit) | IMT Enugu Nov. 1982 – July 1987 Diploma - Practical Bookkeeping and Accounts | British Careers Training College, Jersey, UK Nov. 1981 – Sep. 1982 PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS Certification/Membership  Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA A+ Ce) - Licence # COMP001020568778  Nigeria Institute of Management (MNIM) Membership #: 56573 Research Works  Influence of Foreign Affiliation on Marketing Decisions in some Nigeria Firms – 2003  Marketing of Hotel Services In Port Harcourt – 2001  Feasibility Report on Small Scale Garri Processing Business – 1988  Job Satisfaction, Motivation and Productivity – 1987. 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