Managing Director of the Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority (OGFZA), Umana Okon Umana has formally informed the Federal Ministry of Finance that the Authority can meet its staff salaries and overheads from internally generated revenue, and requested the Federal Government to suspend the funding its recurrent expenditure from treasury funds.
Umana revealed this at OGFZA’s 2018 budget session with the Senate Committee on Trade and Investment headed by Senator Sabo Mohammed.
Financial independence that permits self-funding is one of the six goals that OGFZA set for itself under the Umana-led management in its three-year roadmap which became operational at the beginning of last year.
The Senate Committee praised the leadership of the OGFZA for the capacity to raise enough internally generated revenue to take care of its recurrent expenditure.
Senator Mohammed, told the managing director that the committee was highly impressed by OGFZA’s ingenuity to generate enough cash from internal sources to fund the payment of staff salaries and overheads from the 2018 budget cycle.
He noted also that OGFZA’s budget presentation was thorough, detailed and clear, requiring no follow-up questions and explanation. The committee brought the session to a close by asking Umana to take a bow and return to his office.
The committee chairman and Senator Nelson Effiong, a member of the committee who also spoke at the budget session, said OGFZA’s performance was unique and worthy of emulation by other agencies of the federal government. They contrasted OGFZA’s resourcefulness with the case of other agencies which rely solely on handouts from the federal government to fund both their recurrent and capital expenditure.
The roadmap kicked in a series of reforms which allowed Umana at year’s end to tell the Minister of Finance, “Following the measures taken by the new management of OGFZA to increase Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), I write to inform the Honourable Minister of Finance that with effect from the 2018 financial year, the Authority will no longer depend on treasury funding to meet her recurrent expenditure requirements (salaries and overheads).