The Senate on Wednesday made a U-turn on the funding for the budgets of the Independent National Electoral Commission and on the conduct of the 2019 general elections, Punch
While the National Assembly had previously approved N242,245,050,100 from the Special Intervention Program under the Wide Presidential Vocations of the Presidency, 2018 budgets of ministries, departments and agencies.
The move by the Legislative Committee on Appropriations, Senator Danjuma Goje, and 18 unnamed others.
Moving the motion, Goje urged the Senate to "Rescind and reconsider its approval of the request as contained in resolution S / RS / 027/04/8, in line with Order 53 (6) of its Standing Order" and approve the sum of "N242,245,050,100 as earlier passed by the legislature ,
He further prayed the Senate to approve The source of funds from ministries, departments and agencies, and the service Wide Votes contained in the table below and the attached details. "
According to the table, N121,122,525,050 now wants to be from the N500bn SIP under the SWV.
The other half of the N242,245,050,100 MDAS, including the Presidency.
The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing wants to pay the largest share of the Nimb.
Other ministries hit the water resources, with N12,954,799,500 taken from its N155,149,395,652 budget. Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development wants to contribute N11,057,594,240; Education, N10,238,444,433; Budget and National Planning, N8,845,154,871; Health, N8,059,195,896; Science and Technology, N7,466,143,244; and Industry, Trade and Investment, N7,085,582,899.
The Presidency, which had N59,343,353,082 appropriated for it in 2018, had N1,247,843,520 taken from its budget.
Out of the N242bn for the elections, INEC gets N189,007,272,393, while the Office of the National Security Adviser and security agencies get N53,237,777,707.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in a letter to the National Assembly, dated July 11, 2018, submitted to the National Assembly on the adoption of the 2018 Appropriation Act by the National Assembly lawmakers to fund the exercise.