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FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by shaddoww: 2:25pm On Apr 11, 2016
Federal Government Included And Defended The Inclusion Of Lagos-Calabar Rail In The 2016 Budget At The Senate- Senator Gbenga Ashafa

Senator Gbenga Ashafa, who chairs the Senate Committee on "Land Transportation," has debunked the assertion by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the Chair of House of Representatives Appropriation Committee, Abdulmunin Jibrin and other lawmakers that the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Railway project was never included in the 2016 budget.

In a press statement below, the Senator made it clear that while the initial budget did not contain the project, his Committee later received an amended budget from the executive branch through the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who also defended the budget before his committee. He stated that the committee decided to allocate money to commence construction of the Lagos-Calabar rail in 2016. A counterpart funding is expected to be provided by the Chinese Export-Import Bank for the project.


Senator Gbenga Ashafa
See full text of Senator Ashafa's Press Statement below:


I have carefully followed the news items making the rounds in relation to the budget presented to the National Assembly and what was defended by the Ministry of Transport before the Senate Committee on Land Transport which I have the privilege of chairing.

The focal points of controversy seem to be the Lagos to Calabar railway modernisation projects and the completion of the Idu – Kaduna rail line.

I confirm that the Lagos to Calabar rail line was not in the original document that was presented to the National Assembly by the Executive. However subsequently at the budget defense session before the Senate Committee on Land Transport, the Hon. Minister for Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, did inform the committee of the omission of the Lagos to Calabar rail modernisation project and indeed sent a supplementary copy of the ministry's budget to the committee which contained the said project.

The minister noted that the amount needed for the counterpart funding for both the Lagos to Kano and Lagos to Calabar rail modernisation projects was in the sum of 120 Billion Naira, being 60 Billion Naira per project.

While the committee did not completely agree with all the changes made in the subsequent document, being fully aware of the critical importance of the rail sector to the development of our dear country, distinguished members of the Senate Committee on Land transport keyed into the laudable (Lagos to Calabar, rail modernisation) project and found ways of appropriating funds for the project without exceeding the envelope provided for the ministry.

In so doing, the committee observed that the Lagos to Kano rail rehabilitation project had been allocated the sum of N52 Billion Naira as against the sum of 60 billion which the Hon. Minister requested as counterpart funding while no allocation whatsoever was made for the Lagos to Calabar rail line.

Hence, the sum of 54 billion Naira that was discovered by the Senate Committee on Land Transport to be floating in the budget of the Ministry of Transportation as presented by the Executive was injected into augmenting the funds needed for counterpart funding of both projects (Lagos to Kano and Lagos to Calabar Rail modernisation), as at the time the committee defended its report before the senate committee on Appropriation. The Lagos to Calabar rail modernisation project was therefore included in the Senate Committee on Land Transports recommendation to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

With regard to the Idu to Kaduna rail completion, the Senate Committee on Land Transport did not interfere with what was provided for in the budget as sent by the executive, being approximately 18 Billion Naira hence I am equally surprised to read on the pages of the newspapers that the amount allocated to the said project was reduced by 8 Billion Naira.

While I would have preferred to wait till Tuesday April 12th 2016 when the National Assembly reconvenes in order to have the benefit of viewing the details of the budget that was conveyed to the executive as passed, I am compelled to place the facts in proper perspective as it relates to the activities of the Senate Committee on Land Transport.



Without prejudice to the considerations and powers of the Senate Committee on Appropriations with regard to the appropriations process, the foregoing is the true reflection of what transpired at the committee level with respect to the Land Transport sector of the Ministry of Transport.


Senator Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos East)
Senate Committee on Land Transport


http://saharareporters.com/2016/04/11/federal-government-included-and-defended-inclusion-lagos-calabar-rail-2016-budget-senate

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by modath(f): 2:29pm On Apr 11, 2016
Jibrin went on air & claimed 54bn was lying "idle" in ministry of aviation's budget of which as sharp guys who also look after their own, "they" decided to add to complete Kano's!!!b

54bn was floating "rudderlessly", aimlessly purposelessly? Reallllllyyy ? in a country that is almost down & out?

Make I laugh, so a nor go cry! cheesy cheesy cheesy cheesy

54bn ooo, not 54k, mehn nobody need enslave southerners, we are doing a fantastic job of selling ourselves into slavery!!

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by PassingShot(m): 2:31pm On Apr 11, 2016
Shame on Jibrin and Ben-Bruce the Twitter Senator.
However subsequently at the budget defense session
before the Senate Committee on Land Transport,
the Hon. Minister for Transport, Rotimi Amaechi,
did inform the committee of the omission of the
Lagos to Calabar rail modernisation project and
indeed sent a supplementary copy of the
ministry's budget to the committee which
contained the said project.

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by tuniski: 2:33pm On Apr 11, 2016
Liars! Just publish the page and line item on lagos-calabar rail in any of The many budget versions !
Bunch of confused people.

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by cktheluckyman: 2:35pm On Apr 11, 2016
tuniski:
Liars! Just publish the page and line item on lagos-calabar rail in any of The many budget versions !
Bunch of confused people.

Don't mind the liars!! Just publish the document or show us video of Amaechii presenting it!! Shameless Tinubu boy

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by PassingShot(m): 2:41pm On Apr 11, 2016
tuniski:
Liars! Just publish the page and line item on lagos-calabar rail in any of The many budget versions !
Bunch of confused people.
Use your brain. It's a free gift from God.

This is the Land Transport Committee Chairman speaking.

Your cursed sinators from SS/SE are wicked and don't mind bringing suffering upon those who they claim they represent just to give a dog a bad name.

Read:
In so doing, the committee observed that the Lagos to Kano rail rehabilitation project had been allocated the sum of N52 Billion Naira as against the sum of 60 billion which the Hon. Minister requested as counterpart funding while no allocation whatsoever was made for the Lagos to Calabar rail line.

Hence, the sum of 54 billion Naira that was
discovered by the Senate Committee on Land
Transport to be floating in the budget of the
Ministry of Transportation as presented by the
Executive was injected into augmenting the funds
needed for counterpart funding of both projects
(Lagos to Kano and Lagos to Calabar Rail
modernisation), as at the time the committee
defended its report before the senate committee
on Appropriation.

The Lagos to Calabar rail
modernisation project was therefore included in
the Senate Committee on Land Transports
recommendation to the Senate Committee on
Appropriations.

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by dtruth3(m): 2:44pm On Apr 11, 2016
Very simple, this is Tinubu's project.
The Pro-Sariki Senators who are in the majority discovered it, and they had no option but to throw it out. gringringringringrin

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by Nobody: 2:44pm On Apr 11, 2016
Who are we to really believe? I am sick of all this brouhaha over the Lagos-Calabar rail. Why can't all parties involved simply remove the veil by making the document public ? This will put a lie to some of the stories flying about.

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by bendovex: 2:45pm On Apr 11, 2016
This confirms what Jibrin said, that the Lagos-Calabar rail was not captured in the main budget. However, a supplementary document from the ministry of transport was submitted to that effect by the minister of transportation during his ministry's budget defense, which was later sent to the Senate committee on appropriation for proper appropriation.
But the lying government would want us to believe that Lagos-Calabar rail was captured in the original budget, useless government!
what a shame!

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by ObinnaIzuora: 2:45pm On Apr 11, 2016
cktheluckyman:


Don't mind the liars!! Just publish the document or show us video of Amaechii presenting it!! Shameless Tinubu boy

Dont know what you gain in all this nonsense you spewing on this forum, you have been splashing your smelly spit everywhere insulting everyone cos you want to defend your paymaster. You sleep in your smelly coffin-like room fighting over politicians that dont care about you, you better dont kill yourself bro.

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by Tokety7: 2:46pm On Apr 11, 2016
PassingShot:

Use your brain. It's a free gift from God.

This is the Land Transport Committee Chairman speaking.

Your cursed sinators from SS/SE are wicked and don't mind bringing suffering upon those who they claim they represent just to give a dog a bad name.

Read:


U are seriously asking for too much from these shameless lots. Is not in their place to do such.

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by ObinnaIzuora: 2:47pm On Apr 11, 2016
dtruth3:
Very simple, this is Tinubu's project.
The Pro-Sariki Senators who are in the majority discovered it, and they had no option but to throw it out. gringringringringrin

Can you imagine this nonsense. So a project that will benefit all the southern states is a Tinubu project, you see what hatred has done to your life. Pathetic

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by rerhji(m): 2:47pm On Apr 11, 2016
May God save us from plans of d devils (pdp)

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by omofunaab(m): 2:48pm On Apr 11, 2016
Senator ashafa said the committee on land transportation recommended to the appropriation committee that lagos to calabar rail project be included but honorable jubrin Abdul mumunin's led Appropriation committee simply ignored the recommendations of the committee on land transportation.. .so in other words Lagos to calabar was removed... So why is dogora and Ben Bruce denying the obvious

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by zik4ever: 2:48pm On Apr 11, 2016
"Hence, the sum of 54 billion Naira that was
discovered by the Senate Committee on Land
Transport to be floating in the budget of the
Ministry of Transportation as presented by the
Executive was injected into augmenting the funds
needed for counterpart funding of both projects
(Lagos to Kano and Lagos to Calabar Rail
modernisation)"

54 billion Naira was just floating like a rudderless ship or fishing boat in the budget of the ministry? When are we going to get serious in this country? A relation in the civil service told me clearly that in many circles including those who manage the TSA even in CBN, it's business as usual except that people are now doing this with "private ingenuity" instead of "public impunity". I won't give up hope but many people don't know the mess that is going on, even now.

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by omenka(m): 2:50pm On Apr 11, 2016
dtruth3:
Very simple, this is Tinubu's project.
The Pro-Sariki Senators who are in the majority discovered it, and they had no option but to throw it out. gringringringringrin
This has got to be the worst comment I've read my entire life on the internet!!

PDP and her supporters are nothing but a dark force of evil that poses an existential threat to this country.

I deeply regret having to share a common national identity with such scandalously unpatriotic elements.

#spits.

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by TonyeBarcanista(m): 2:51pm On Apr 11, 2016
When did Amaechi add the Lagos-Calabar rail project? I still find it hard to believe.

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by omofunaab(m): 2:51pm On Apr 11, 2016
dtruth3:
Very simple, this is Tinubu's project.
The Pro-Sariki Senators who are in the majority discovered it, and they had no option but to throw it out. gringringringringrin

You should be ashamed of yourself for saying this.. .

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by tuniski: 2:52pm On Apr 11, 2016
PassingShot:

Use your brain. It's a free gift from God.

This is the Land Transport Committee Chairman speaking.

Your cursed sinators from SS/SE are wicked and don't mind bringing suffering upon those who they claim they represent just to give a dog a bad name.

Read:

Zombism is a disease that erodes discerning! And why should anyone questioning this yeye govt be a SS/SE,why? Anyway, it is even wise sef to have a differing political choice. Kini big deal a simple publication of the puts everything to rest but, like buhari's cert saga una prefer long talks. Pls get a detox!

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by dtruth3(m): 2:55pm On Apr 11, 2016
omofunaab:


You should be ashamed of yourself for saying this.. .
Epainam

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by PassingShot(m): 2:55pm On Apr 11, 2016
tuniski:

Zombism is a disease that erodes discerning! And why should anyone questioning this yeye govt be a SS/SE,why? Anyway, it is even wise sef to have a differing political choice. Kini big deal a simple publication of the puts everything to rest but, like buhari's cert saga una prefer long talks. Pls get a detox!

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by PassingShot(m): 2:57pm On Apr 11, 2016
TonyeBarcanista:
When did Amaechi add the Lagos-Calabar rail project? I still find it hard to believe.
Keep quiet!
The Committee Chairman has laid everything bare and you're still asking a very very silly question!

Look at the person lecturing on what youths should do to assume mantle of leadership!

It sucks to be you.

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by Tokety7: 2:58pm On Apr 11, 2016
TonyeBarcanista:
When did Amaechi add the Lagos-Calabar rail project? I still find it hard to believe.

[b]

What u choose to believe is ur cup of tea. It's inconsequential to the plain truth.



The focal points of controversy seem to be the
Lagos to Calabar railway modernisation projects
and the completion of the Idu – Kaduna rail line.
I confirm that the Lagos to Calabar rail line was
not in the original document that was presented to
the National Assembly by the Executive. However
subsequently at the budget defense session
before the Senate Committee on Land Transport,
the Hon. Minister for Transport, Rotimi Amaechi,
did inform the committee of the omission of the
Lagos to Calabar rail modernisation project and
indeed sent a supplementary copy of the
ministry's budget to the committee which
contained the said project.
The minister noted that the amount needed for the
counterpart funding for both the Lagos to Kano
and Lagos to Calabar rail modernisation projects
was in the sum of 120 Billion Naira, being 60
Billion Naira per project.
While the committee did not completely agree with
all the changes made in the subsequent
document, being fully aware of the critical
importance of the rail sector to the development of
our dear country, distinguished members of the
Senate Committee on Land transport keyed into
the laudable (Lagos to Calabar, rail modernisation)
project and found ways of appropriating funds for
the project without exceeding the envelope
provided for the ministry.
In so doing, the committee observed that the
Lagos to Kano rail rehabilitation project had been
allocated the sum of N52 Billion Naira as against
the sum of 60 billion which the Hon. Minister
requested as counterpart funding while no
allocation whatsoever was made for the Lagos to
Calabar rail line.
Hence, the sum of 54 billion Naira that was
discovered by the Senate Committee on Land
Transport to be floating in the budget of the
Ministry of Transportation as presented by the
Executive was injected into augmenting the funds
needed for counterpart funding of both projects
(Lagos to Kano and Lagos to Calabar Rail
modernisation), as at the time the committee
defended its report before the senate committee
on Appropriation. The Lagos to Calabar rail
modernisation project was therefore included in
the Senate Committee on Land Transports
recommendation to the Senate Committee on
Appropriations.[/b]

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by TonyeBarcanista(m): 3:00pm On Apr 11, 2016
modath:
Jibrin came on air & claimed 54bn was lying "idle" in ministry of aviation's budget of which as sharp guys who also looks after their own, "they" decided to add to complete Kano's!!!
54bn was floating "rudderlessly"? Reallllllyyyu Make I laugh, so a nor go cry! cheesy cheesy cheesy cheesy
54bn ooo, not 54k, mehn nobody need enslave southerners, we are doing a fantastic job of selling ourselves into slavery!!
Little wonder, our pipul full obodo oyinbo as ex slaves!! cool
Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by PassingShot(m): 3:03pm On Apr 11, 2016
bendovex:
This confirms what Jibrin said, that the Lagos-Calabar rail was not captured in the main budget. However, a supplementary document from the ministry of transport was submitted to that effect by the minister of transportation during his ministry's budget defense, which was later sent to the Senate committee on appropriation for proper appropriation.
But the lying government would want us to believe that Lagos-Calabar rail was captured in the original budget, useless government!
what a shame!
Read what you've written yourself and decide if you're making any sense.

The issue is, was a supplementary budget submitted for the rail project or not?

Did the Land Transports Committee receive the inclusion or not?

Did the committee submit the budget to the Appropriation Committee or not?

Was the project fraudulently removed by some legislooters from the final approved budget or not?

Now, look yourself in the mirror.

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by omofunaab(m): 3:04pm On Apr 11, 2016
dtruth3:
Epainam



We are talking about how every region in Nigeria will grow and benefit from this budget and you are here saying E pain am, ...do you think everything is politics

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by PassingShot(m): 3:06pm On Apr 11, 2016
Lalasticlala Mynd44, front page material pls.

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by omofunaab(m): 3:08pm On Apr 11, 2016
TonyeBarcanista:
When did Amaechi add the Lagos-Calabar rail project? I still find it hard to believe.


Did you read what is up there at all.. Senator ashafa just explained what transpired during the transport ministry budget defence

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by cktheluckyman: 3:10pm On Apr 11, 2016
PassingShot:

Keep quiet!
The Committee Chairman has laid everything bare and you're still asking a very very silly question!

Look at the person lecturing on what youths should do to assume mantle of leadership!

It sucks to be you.

Senator Ashafa should show us eveidence and stop speaking in parables!! Besides since he was a member of the appropriation commitee what did he do when the rail lines was removed? What did other SW APC senators do too? This project would even benefit the SW more than the SS/SE

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by amaechi1: 3:10pm On Apr 11, 2016
I am so glad this has attracted national attention. Those against and those for. But one things is clear, everyone is asking our leaders to be proactive and up and doing.

Secondly, the chairman on land and transportation has come to say it was included in the amended budget, a simple approach to all this is simple amendment by the NASS. We should bear in mind that the presidency insisting to have it in the budget means we'll for nigeria. So, both party should do the needful.

Another, we need to draw the attention of NASS is the removal of AIDS drugs from the budget. They need to visit it as well.

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by PassingShot(m): 3:12pm On Apr 11, 2016
cktheluckyman:


Senator Ashafa should show us eveidence and stop speaking in parables!! Besides since he was a member of the appropriation commitee what did he do when the rail lines was removed? What did other SW APC senators do too? This project would even benefit the SW more than the SS/SE
Even as a member of the Appropriation Committee, he may not have known how and when the project was removed for selfish interest of some thieves. Only the Committee Chairman should be asked that question.

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Re: FG Included Lagos-calabar Rail In 2016 Budget - Gbenga Ashafa by TonyeBarcanista(m): 3:12pm On Apr 11, 2016
PassingShot:

Keep quiet!
The Committee Chairman has laid everything bare and you're still asking a very very silly question!

Look at the person lecturing on what youths should do to assume mantle of leadership!

It sucks to be you.
I can only take Ashafa words IF it is confirmed by the House Committee on Transportation Chairman. for now it is thrash....

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