Senate Seeks More Revenue For FG From BoI After N8bn Dividend - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Friday, April 2, 2021

Senate Seeks More Revenue For FG From BoI After N8bn Dividend

From Jane Okafor, Abuja

The Senate Committee on Finance has called on the Bank of Industry(BOI) to increase the quantum of dividend it pays to the Federal Government after it was disclosed that the company has paid N8.2 billion as dividends to Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN and Federal Ministry of Finance between 2014 and 2019. 

Making the call on behalf of the Senate during an investigative hearing on revenue remittances by MDAs and remittances of 1% Stamp Duty on all contracts, Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West) and chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, stated that the 7% - 10% used by the Board of Directors of the bank to determine dividend on the net profit of the bank was too low, urging the bank to  increase the percentage to 20% or more.  

“While I want to commend BOI for running an efficient bank that is adding value to our industrial production as well as earning revenue for the Federal Government, I want to say that more money can be paid to the government in view of the financial constraints the country is facing at this point,” he stated. 

Adeola who made this known in a release by Chief Kayode Odunaro, his Media Adviser, requested the managing director of the Bank, Mr. Olukayode Pitan to bring the matter before the Board of Directors as a plea from the Senate.

The Senator said this would assist the bank in its quest to reduce recurrent budget deficits and borrowing by government,  stressing that in addition to a 2021 budget deficit of about N6 trillion, the country is equally looking for revenue for a supplementary budget to take care of procurement of COVID-19 vaccine as well as urgent funding to tackle insecurity ravaging the nation.

He however requested for a confirmation with treasury receipts that the dividend so far paid was credited to the Consolidated Revenue Fund, CRF as it should for subsequent appropriation by the National Assembly, stressing that he would want to believe that remains the position until proven otherwise.  

Earlier Mr. Pitan had disclosed that in the period under consideration BOI has paid dividend of N8.2 billion to CBN and Federal Ministry of Finance as shareholders in the bank as well as over N1 billion as 1% Stamp duty to the Federal Inland Revenue Service over the same period. 

He promised to table the request of the Senate before the Board of Directors of the Bank in relation to increasing the percentage of its profit that goes out as dividend to their various shareholders. 




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