The Bayelsa State Government on Friday assured that, the Sagbama-Ekeremor
road would be completed within the life-span of the present
administration, as N7.4 billion has already been expended in the month of
July for on-going projects scheduled for commissioning, towards the end of
this year and the first quarter of 2018.
The State Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (Rtd), made
the assertion during the transparency media briefing for the month of
July, 2017, in Government House, Yenagoa.
According to him, the balance from the federation account in July,
including receipts of funds from other sources came up to N10 billion, out
of which, N7.4 billion was spent on capital payments while recurrent
payments gulped N2.2 billion.
Rear Admiral John Jonah noted that, the government’s priority lies on
completing projects earmarked for commissioning, stressing that, no major
new projects would be executed unless finances of the state improves.
On the income report from the federation account, the Deputy Governor
said, the state received N10.6billion as gross inflow, comprising
statutory allocation of N3.2 billion, derivation N6.5 billion, refund from
other states N57.5 million, Value Added Tax N743 million.
Rear Admiral John Jonah also explained that, net inflow was N9.3 billion
and IGR for the month of June was N752.4 million.
He also noted that, the total deductions from the federation account stood
at N1.5 billion, which include, bond deduction of N421.5 million,
restructured commercial bank loan, N741 million and salary bailout to the
state N16.3 million.
On expenditure, Rear Admiral John Jonah declared N12.9 billion as total
outflow, while balance brought forward from June stood at N3.2 billion,
leaving a balance of N4.8 billion as funds available as at the end of
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Information, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite
the transparency and accountability posture of the restoration
administration has paid off as it had earned the state international