BREAKING! Senate Approves N235 Billion For INEC Ahead Of 2019
Nigeria's election umpire, INEC, can literally smile to the bank as its request for over N200 Billion has been approved by parliament.
The truce recently reached by the leadership of the Nigerian parliament may be yielding swift results.
On Tuesday, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and leaders of the APC in the Senate met behind closed door.
The President's request (in a letter dated September 19, 2018) may have been partially granted after he requested that the entire sum N242 Billion budgeted for INEC and security operatives be approved and contained within the 2018 budget.
The sum was initially expected to be spread between the 2018 and 2019 budgets.
On Thursday, the Red legislative Chamber approved the sum of N235 Billion for INEC to conduct the 2019 general elections across all 36 states of the federation and Abuja, the FCT.
The initial sum of N189 Billion was debated and raised with an additional N45.5 Billion. However, this new addition did not fall from outer space.
It was already allocated for as statutory transfer in the 2018 budget.
The sum approved was for INEC alone while the sum allotted for security operatives - N53 Billion to secure the country during the polls, is yet to be approved.
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