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2022 Budget: Mixed Reactions  As Buhari’s N1.6bn For Cars Is More Than Mambilla Power Project

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The federal government has proposed N1.6bn for ongoing phased replacement of cars and N1.6bn for vehicles in the Presidency, while also allocating N650m as counterpart money for the Mambilla Power Project in the 2022 budget, which is causing consternation in economic circles.

According to reports, the project, which has been in the works for some years, is one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s signature projects.

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The Ministry of Power has a N301 billion budget for next year in the 2022 budget, up from N204 billion in 2021.

They are part of the selected projects in the budget marked, ‘Investing for a resilient future: Critical infrastructure and human capital,’ according to the highlights of the 2022 budget presentation by the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.

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Among the projects that have been delayed is the Mambilla project, which will cost N650 million in counterpart money, way leave consultancy, and survey costs. Despite the fact that over N10 billion has been spent on this project over the last six years, it has yet to take off.

There is also N430m for the 215MW Kaduna LPFO/gas power station; N20m for the concession of the 40MW Kashimbilla hydropower plant, as well as N450m for its transmission line and consultancy fee; N650m for the 10MW Katsina wind farm, which has missed several commissioning timelines; and N800m for the Distribution Expansion Programme (DEP), a part of the Siemens Presidential Power deal that is said to have barely produced results two years after

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Other capital power projects in the ministry’s budget include N1.25 billion for the rural electrification access program (Energizing Education) in federal universities, N44 billion for the Zungeru hydropower project, which is expected to be completed in December, the Abuja power transmission feeding scheme, and the transmission access project, among others.

The government has set aside N114 billion for multilateral loans to the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) to help it finish renewable energy projects around the country.

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According to an analysis of the 2022 budget appropriation bill, the Federal Ministry of Power has a budget of N301.2bn, which is almost N96bn more than the N204.4bn requested for 2021 in October last year.

Capital spending will consume N294.994 billion, which is N96.6 billion more than the current period’s capital expenditure of N198.3 billion.

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Just as the ministry set N6.1bn for wages and recurring expenditures in 2021, it has set the same amount for 2022.

Other important power projects include N668.9 million for the solar electrification of the ministry’s headquarters (Power House) and other public buildings, as well as another N600 million to finish solar-powered mini-grids across states.

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