Buhari sends N242.9 billion 2019 election budget to Senate

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday said the 2019 general elections will cost the country about 242 .4 billion Naira.

The general elections have been scheduled to hold February 16 and March 2 , 2019, to elect the President and the National Assembly.

NEWS FLAKES gathers that the 75 – year -old president sent a letter to the National Assembly to seek the approval of the sum which will be drawn from the 2018 and 2019 budgets .

In the letter , he explained that implementing a budget of 9 .12 trillion Naira in 2018 will be extremely challenging and did not consider it convenient .

Buhari , therefore, urged the lawmakers to transfer the funds appropriated for the new projects which were inserted in the 2018 budget to cover the sum of 228 .8 billion Naira for the elections while the balance will be provided in the 2019 budget .

He had on June 20 signed the 2018 spending plan as passed by the lawmakers , after the N 8 .26 trillion estimate sent in by Buhari was jacked up to N9 .12 trillion.

He criticised the National Assembly for reducing allocations for some projects and including thousands of projects into the budget without consultation with the Executive .

According to him , the National Assembly made cuts amounting to N347 billion in the allocations to 4 ,700 projects submitted to them for consideration and introduced 6,403 projects of their own amounting to N578 billion .

“Many of the projects cut are critical and may be difficult, if not impossible, to implement with the reduced allocation”, he said.

President Buhari

Below is the proposed budget for the 2019 election

The total amount for the 2019 general elections

2018 supplementary – N 164 , 104 , 792 , 065

2019 budget – N 78 , 314 , 530 , 535

Total – N 242 , 445 , 322 , 600

Office of the National Security Adviser

2018 supplementary – N 3, 855 , 500 , 000

2019 budget – 426 , 000 , 000

Total – 4 , 281 , 500 ,000

INEC

2018 supplementary – N 143 , 512 , 529 , 445

2019 budget – N 45 , 695 , 015 ,438

Total : N 189 , 207 , 544 , 893

NSCDC

2018 supplementary – N 1, 845 , 597 , 000

2019 budget – N 1, 727 , 997 , 500

Total – N 3 , 573 , 534 , 500

Nigeria Police

2018 supplementary – N 11 , 457 , 417 , 432

2019 budget – N 19 , 083 , 900 , 000

Total – N 30 , 541 , 317 , 432

NIS

2018 supplementary – N 530 , 110 , 078

2019 budget – N 2, 098 ,033 , 142

Total – N 2 , 628 , 143 , 320

DSS

2018 supplementary – N 2, 903 , 638 , 000

2019 budget – N 9, 309 ,644 ,455

Total – N 12 , 213 , 282 , 455

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