Kwara Gets $16.9m World Bank Grant

January 6, 2021
Kwara Workers

By Adedapo Adesanya

The Kwara State Government has won $16.9 million in the 2019/2020 World Bank-supported State Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) programme, the highest ever achieved by the state since the initiative began in 2018.

The awards came after the state satisfied the disbursements linked indicators (DLIs) as contained in the Annual Performance Assessment (APA) final report submitted by the independent verification agents (IVA) that had earlier visited Kwara State.

The DLIs include improved financial reporting and budget reliability; increased citizens engagement in the budget process; strengthened internally generated revenues (IGR); biometric and BVN used to reduce payroll fraud; strengthened public debt management; improved debt sustainability and implementation of tax compliance for individual taxpayers and businesses.

Others include strengthened procurement function for COVID-19 or emergency situation and facilitated the participation of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) in public procurement resilient recovery phase; and publication and approval of amended COVID-19 response budget.

“The import of the foregoing is that the state is eligible to the sum of $16,900,000 representing performance-based grant for 2019 APA, with an earlier disbursement of $5m in November,” according to a statement by the Ministry of Finance and Planning.

Of the balance of $11.9 million, the state has received an additional $9.4 million as at Monday, January 4, and awaits the balance of $2.5 million later in the month, the statement added.

The government, meanwhile, has explained why it jerked up the budget estimates from N123 billion to roughly N135 billion, representing an increment of about N11 billion.

The breakdown, according to the statement, included a review of the opening balance from N13.6 billion to N19 billion based on funds mopped up from across the MDAs; VAT from N14.6 billion to N15.4 billion; PAYE from N5.6 billion to N5.8 billion; administrative charges from N194.6 million to N346.6 million; Land Use charge from N124.8 million to N174.8 million; SFTAS capital receipt from N3.8 billion to N6.1 billion; and termed loan from N4 billion to N6 billion.

The statement also announced the receipt of N795,327,222:21 as the third tranche of the 25 per cent refund of unremitted PAYE from federal government’s MDAs domiciled in the state.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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