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Police, Civil Defence Demand N317m To Feed Dogs, Horses Ahead Of 2019 Polls

Valentine Chinyem

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC) has said it will require N310m to feed and cater for its dogs, during the 2019 general elections; while the Nigeria Police Force will also require N7m to feed 50 horses that would be used for patrol during the general elections in 2019.

This was contained in the 2018 virement proposal sent to the National Assembly for approval ahead of the 2019 general election by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The total police budget for the elections stands at N30.5bn; the Office of the National Security Adviser, N4.2bn; the Department of State Services, N12.2bn; NSCDC, N3.5bn and the Nigeria Immigration Service, N2.6bn.

The virement request reads 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.”

Police election budget stands at N679m, with N7.7m earmarked for feeding of horses and N100m for printing of non-security materials.

The police also asked for N87.5m for the maintenance of aircraft and N407m for maintenance of the vehicles to be used for election monitoring.

The budget states in part, “Feeding of 50 horses: N7, 719, 454; maintenance of existing vehicles for 2019 elections for the period of 20 days: N407, 400, 000.”

However, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) also requested N126m for printing name tags for its personnel that would be involved in the elections while N166m was requested for pre-election training.

More so, the Department of State Security (DSS), in the virement request would need N2.9bn to prepare for the polls this year.

The DSS requested N2.2bn for local election and travel allowances, while N100m was earmarked for perception management involving stakeholders, political parties and traditional/religious leaders.

About N120m was budgeted for fuelling generators during the elections which will last for 21 days while N100m was set aside for post-election investigations.

In the N1.6bn virement details, the ONSA requested N250m for a national election crisis response exercise involving all security agencies and relevant ministries, departments and agencies.

About N200m was budgeted for the deployment of equipment including satellites while N130m was earmarked for election monitoring.

The general elections is expected to take place between February 16 and March 2, 2019.