The Senate yesterday, approved the sum of N189,207,544,893 as the budget allocated to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the preparations of the 2019 general election.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje, disclosed this during a meeting on the submission of harmonized reports of INEC 2019 general election supplementary budget estimates.
The Senate committee will lay the harmonized INEC budget report at plenary today (Thursday).
Goje explained further that INEC was allocated the sum of N143,512,529,455 as recommended by President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 general election expenditure as the amount needed for 2018, while the balance of N45,695,015,438 was requested for appropriation under 2019 budget.
Media reports disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari requested from the Senate an approval of the total sum of N242,445,322,600 for the 2019 general election preparations.
Buhari’s request was contained in a letter addressed to the National Assembly which was read by the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.
Buhari had explained that out of a total of N242,445,322,600.00 requested to fund the 2019 general election, the sum of N164,104,792,065.00 was to be sourced through virement in the 2018 budget, while the remaining balance of N78,340,530,535.00 was to be provided for in the 2019 budget.
Specifically, Buhari stated that INEC would be allocated N189,207,544,893.00; Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), N4,281,500,000.00; Department of State Services (DSS); N12,213,282,455.00; Civil Defence, N3,573,534,500.00; Nigeria Police Force, N30,541,317,432.00, and Nigeria Immigration Service, N2,628,143,320.00.