The Senate has made a U-turn on the source of funding for the budgets of the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies to conduct the 2019 general elections.

While the National Assembly had earlier approved N242,245,050,100 from only the Special Intervention Programme under the Service Wide Votes of the Presidency, half of the money will now be taken from the 2018 budgets of ministries, departments and agencies.

The move by the legislature followed the adoption of a motion by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Danjuma Goje, and 18 unnamed others on Wednesday.

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Moving the motion, Goje urged the Senate to “rescind and reconsider its approval of the request as contained in Resolution S/RS/027/04/8, in line with Order 53(6) of its Standing Order” and approve the sum of N242,245,050,100 as earlier passed by the legislature.

He further prayed the Senate to approve “the source of funds from ministries, departments and agencies, and the Service Wide Votes (SWV) as contained in the table below and the attached details.”

According to the table, N121,122,525,050 will now be vired from the N500bn SIP under the SWV.

The other half of the N242,245,050,100 elections budget was taken from the votes to 30 MDAS, including the Presidency.

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