President Muhammadu Buhari have appealed to the Senate to approve the sum of N242, 445,322,600 for the forthcoming 2019 general elections in the country.
This was contained in a presidential memo sent to the National Asssembly and dated 11 July, 2018 titled “Request for virement and supplementary 2018 budget”.
Inserted into the 2018 budget is the sum of N578, 319, 951.904 of which N242, 445,322,600 was specifically requested by the president for the 2019 general elections.
Part of the memo reads,
“As you are aware, the 2019 general election is scheduled to be conducted early in 2019. To ensure that adequate arrangements are made for free and fair elections, it has become necessary to appropriate funds to enable the relevant agencies to commence preparations.
“INEC and security agencies have accordingly recently submitted their requests. These have been subjected to the usual budget evaluation. The aggregate cost of the elections is estimated at N242, 445,322,600.”
Further breakdown of the amount is as follows,
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) – N189.207 billion
National Security Adviser (ONSA) – N4.2 billion.
The Department of State Services (DSS) – N12.213 billion
Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) – N3.573 billion.
The Nigeria Police – N30.541 billion
Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) – N2.62 billion.
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