2019 polls: Reps approve N831.3bn virement for INEC, security agencies

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PIC.19. From left: National commissioner, Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Prince Solomon Adedeji; chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu; and another national commissioner, Prof. Antonia Okoosi-Simbine, during the INEC’s presentation of certificate of registration to five new political parties, in Abuja on Friday (16/6/17). 03311/16/6/2017/Hogan-Bassey/ BJO/NAN

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved N831.3 billion virement for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for the 2019 general elections.

The approval followed a motion on notice by Mustapha Dawaki (APC, Kano), seconded by Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta) on “approval of request for virement of funds to finance the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for the 2019 general elections.”

Dawaki, leading debate for the motion, recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 communicated the House requesting for virement of funds in the Appropriation Act for the 2019 polls.

He added that the virement has become necessary in order to appropriate funds to enable the relevant agencies commence preparations for a free and fair elections in 2019.

According to Dawaki, a breakdown of the total N831.3 billion virement proposed for INEC and the security agencies include Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), N234.5 billion; and Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), N46.9 billion.

Other agencies include Department of State Security Service (DSS), N50.8 billion; Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), N82.8 billion; Nigeria Police Force, N351.6 billion; and Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), N64.6 billion.

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