- N317 million will be needed to feed dogs and horses during the 2019 election
- The NSCDC demanded for N310 million to feed and administer drug to dogs
- Also, the police requested N7 million for the feeding of 50 horses during the election
The Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence has said it will need N317 million to feed dogs and horses that would be deployed for the forthcoming 2019 general elections in various states.
While, the NSCDC demanded for N310 million to feed and administer drugs to dogs that will be deployed in states for the 2019 elections, the Police said N7 million would be required for the feeding of 50 horses.
The horses, the police said would be used for patrol across states in Nigeria during the 2019 election.
Punch reports that the demand is contained in a virement proposal for the 2019 election sent to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The document also shows that the total police budget for the election is N30.5 billion; the Office of the National Security Adviser, N4.2 billion; the Department of State Services, N12.2 billion; NSCDC, N3.5 billion and the Nigeria Immigration Service, N2.6 billion.
In his letter, the president had requested a total virement of N228.8 billion, largely allocated to new projects “inserted” in the 2018 by the National Assembly to offset part of the proposed cost of funding the 2019 general elections.
The balance of N242 billion needed to fund the 2019 elections will be captured in next year’s budget.
The NSCDC needs a total of N1.2 billion to prepare for the election.
The virement request read in part: “Medical and general expenses for dogs, N143,782,000; feeding of dogs: N166,315,000. Hiring of speedboats: N499,500,000; welfare packages (contingency of N7,000 per state and FCT) N259m; accommodation allowances for monitors: N185,000,000.”
Also, the police budget this year for the election is N679 million, with N7.7 million earmarked for feeding of horses and N100 million for printing of non-security materials.
The police also asked for N87.5 million for the maintenance of aircraft and N407 million for maintenance of the vehicles to be used for election monitoring.
The budget says: “Feeding of 50 horses: N7, 719, 454; maintenance of existing vehicles for 2019 elections for the period of 20 days: N407, 400, 000.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that President Buhari had told the National Assembly the the 2019 general election would cost Nigeria N242.4 billion.
President Buhari in a letter to the lawmakers explained that implementing a budget of N9.12 trillion for 2018 will be extremely challenging.
He said the implementation does not consider it expedient to increase the 2018 budget to accommodate the funds needed for the 2019 General Elections.
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