FCCPC targets N14.3bn revenue in 2023, says Irukera

Babatunde Irukera

The Executive Vice Chairman, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), Babatunde Irukera, yesterday said the Commission had target revenue of N14.3 billion for 2023.

Irukera disclosed this at a hearing on the 2023-2025 Medium Term Expenditure Strategy Paper orgnised by the House of Representatives Committee on Finance in Abuja.

The FCCPC boss recalled that before assuming office in April 2017, the commission had zero remittance into government coffers, but under his watch at the end of 2017, about N41 million was remitted, and N34 million remitted at the end of 2018.

He said in 2019 after the establishment law was amended, about N98 million was remitted and the Commission pulled out from being funded by the treasury and became self-funded.

Irukera also said in 2021, about N1.3 billion was remitted while in 2022, about N1.26 billion had been so far remitted.

He said: “In the process of leaving the government treasury, as at today with the budget performing at 70 per cent, we have received N163 million in overhead, N296 million in capital and not a naira is waiting to be swept at the end of the year; that’s about N500 million.

“As at this year, we have given the government N1.2 billion and we will give more; our revenue target for 2023 is N14.3 billion, I feel relatively confident that we will be close or hit the target.

“We, however, need to find a balance, we are not a revenue generating agency, and we must not be portrayed or perceived as doing our work so revenue will come in. We will lose our credibility and it will affect the economy,” he said.

Reacting to issues of expenditures raised by the committee in an earlier sitting, Irukera said hazard allowance were paid to members of staff who went out on surveillance and enforcement, as they were exposed to so many dangers, especially when they faced loan sharks and digital lenders that sent defamatory messages in the country.

According to him, they are one of the agencies that remained at work throughout the COVID-19 lockdown so they are hazards of the job.

Irukera explained that the increase in insurance premium from three million to N30 million was because before his arrival, the “Commission acted irresponsibly about insurance which has been corrected.

“They were buying brand new cars and were doing third-party insurance so there was potential for loss but now, we insure all the vehicles comprehensively.

“We do all the appropriate insurance to make sure that not only are people comfortable, we make sure if there is a loss of government property, we do not have to pay for it,” he said.

Also, he said more money needed to be spent on building enterprise management systems to keep commerce running as a result of COVID-19.

He said the system had almost eliminated paperwork and file movement as a merger of two companies could be fully done online among others.

We, however, need to find a balance, we are not a revenue generating agency, and we must not be portrayed or perceived as doing our work so revenue will come in. We will lose our credibility and it will affect the economy.

Members of the committee congratulated Irukera for the feat so far achieved by the Commission under his leadership.

The Chairman of the committee, Rep. Abdullahi Saidu, noted that in the banking sector, when a member of staff met a target of N1billion, the next day a N2 billion target was given.

“If you do that, let the committee know so that we have a reference point for other agencies appearing before us like I earlier made an example of Prof. Is-haq Oyelede of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

“If you do that, I assure you, the country will celebrate you; I know we are not too good in celebrating achievers, but this Assembly has given people awards in our chambers.

“So if you do something deserving of accolades, this committee will speak for you, Nigerians will celebrate you.

“So come back and say you have done N15 billion and then we will say, he has raised revenue from N2 billion to N15 billion.

“That is a quantum lift anywhere any time, we know you can do it, with the passion you displayed today the committee believes you can do it,” he said. (NAN)

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