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Controversy brews as Senate cuts, re-allocates budget of 30 agencies to fund 2019 polls

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Months after signing the 2019 appropriation bill as accrued to different Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), the Senate, Wednesday, approved that the budget of 30 MDAs be cut and reallocated to finance the 2019 election.

This decision is expected to alter the plans of the different agencies for the fiscal year.

The Senate acted on a motion presented by the chairman, committee on appropriation, Danjuma Goje, and co-sponsored by 18 other senators,

The senators proposed that N121 billion out of the N242 billion needed for the 2019 election be sourced from the 30 agencies and the other half from service wide votes.

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Danjuma said, ““Recall the approval of the Virement/Supplementary budget for INEC and Security Agencies for the conduct of the 2019 General elections in the sum of Two Hundred and Forty-Two Billion, Two Hundred and Forty-Five Million, Fifty Thousand, One hundred Naira [N242, 245, 050,100] only, which is to be funded from the Service Wide Votes on the 16th October, 2018-Senate Resolution (S/RS/027/04/8).

“The Senate is aware that because of some obvious and imminent issues of national socioeconomic importance, the virement/supplementary request cannot be implemented as earlier approved,” he noted.

Below is the list of agencies, and the amounts deducted form their 2018 budgets:

Controversy brews as Senate cuts, re-allocates budget of 30 agencies to fund 2019 polls Controversy brews as Senate cuts, re-allocates budget of 30 agencies to fund 2019 polls Controversy brews as Senate cuts, re-allocates budget of 30 agencies to fund 2019 polls

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