2019 Elections: Buhari requests Senate’s approval of N242bn for INEC, DSS, others

2019 Elections: Buhari requests Senate’s approval of N242bn for INEC, DSS, others

President Muhammadu Buhari has requested the Senate’s approval of N242.45 billion for the Independent National Electoral Commission to enable it to commence preparations for 2019 general elections.

Part of the funds, according to the President’s request, will also be given to the Department of State Service and other security agencies for the same purpose.

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The request was contained in a letter addressed to President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, dated July 11 and personally signed by Buhari.

The letter, which was read by Saraki at plenary on Tuesday, indicated that Buhari requested that out of the needed figure, N164.10 billion should be provided through virement or supplementation of 2018 Budget.

It also requested that the balance of N78.34 billion, mostly related to personnel allowances, fuelling and other costs not required until election proper, be provided for in the 2019 budget.

The sum of N189.21 billion was earmarked for INEC, N4.3 billion for Office of the Security Adviser, N12.21 billion for DSS and N3.6 billion for Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

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