The Senate on Wednesday reduced the budget of thirty government agencies to fund the budgets of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies during the 2019 general elections.
The Senate and the House of Representatives had approved that the sum of N242 billion be taken from Service Wide Votes (SWV) for INEC and security agencies to conduct the 2019 elections.
Some of the agencies where funds are expected to be vired from include, the Ministry of Agriculture from which N11 billion will be deducted, the Ministry of Education from which N10.2 billion will be deducted and the Ministry of Health from which eight billion Naira will be deducted, among others.
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.
Moving the motion, Goje urged the Senate to “rescind and reconsider its approval of the request as contained in a resolution in line with Order 53(6) of its Standing Order” and approve the sum of N242 billion 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 as contained in the table below and the attached details.”
According to the table, N121 billion will now be vired from the N500bn SIP under the SWV.
The other half of the N242 billion elections budget was taken from the votes to 30 MDAS, including the Presidency.