Senate slashes N35bn from education, power ministries’ budgets to fund 2019 elections


The Senate has reconsidered its approval of virement and supplementary budget for the conduct of 2019 elections budget solely from the service wide votes, resolving that the INEC budget of N242.2bn would now also be funded from 30 ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs.

The resolution was arrived at on on Wednesday following a motion by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Danjuma Goje.

The Senate resolved that half of the amount would be sourced from the MDAs, while the other half would be sourced from the service wide votes.

A breakdown of the amount to be sourced from the MDAs include N25.527 billion from power, works and housing; N12.6 billion from water resources; N11 billion from agriculture and rural development.

Others are N10.238 billion from education, N8 billion from health, N8.9 billion from budget and national planning and N7.5 billion-science and technology.

The senate also cut N6.7 billion from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, N7 billion from trade and investment ministry and N2.7 billion from labour and employment.

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