NPA budget N18.1b for furniture, transport, dressing, others

By Moses Ebosele  – 
THE Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is to disburse N18.1 Billion as operating expenditure for furniture, rent, transport, children education and dressing allowance before the end of this year.
  Under the arrangement, workers of the agency are to benefit from N1.4 Billion dressing allowance, N3.9 Billion furniture allowance, N4.1 Billion Transport allowance and N5.1 Billion rent allowance.
  NPA’s proposed expenditure for 2016 obtained exclusively by www.citybusinessnews.comrevealed that children education allowance/ health scheme is N1.7 Billion while driver’s allowance increased from N117.3 million in 2015 to N1.9 Billion in 2016.
  A highly placed source who spoke with www.citybusinessnews.com explained that fund allocated to some of the items increased slightly when compared to 2015 due to “prevailing economic situations”.
  The source said: “for example, rent allowance increased from N3.8 Billion in 2015 to  N5.1 Billion in 2016 while drivers allowance increased from N117.3 million in 2015 to N1.9 Billion in 2016”.
  Contacted yesterday, a senior staff of the Agency said he was not in a position to speak on the issue.
 www.citybusinessnews.com had recently reported exclusively that if approved by the National Assembly, NPA will spend N241 million before the end of this year on foreign medical expenses.
 The sum form part of the N382 million the parastatal has budgeted to cater for its medical expenses within the year 2016.
A breakdown of the total sum indicates that N108.875 is for drugs, N82.400 for local medical expenses while N241 million was budgeted for foreign medical expenses.
Besides, information obtained by www.citybusiness.com revealed that N50 million is earmark for the rehabilitation of clinics in Lagos and Portharcourt Ports.
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