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2019 Polls: Senate Committee Approves Buhari’s N242bn Virement Request

The Senate Committee on Appropriation has approved President Muhammadu

Buhari’s request for the virement of N242 billion under the 2018

Appropriation Act to conduct the 2019 general elections.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Danjuma Goje, who stated this at the

committees meeting on Wednesday, said the decision would be laid

before the full house for consideration at plenary on Thursday.

Goje said the decision to approve the president’s request was informed

by the urgent need for funds by the Independent National Electoral

Commission (INEC) to begin preparations for the polls.

Earlier at plenary, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, had

read out the president’s request, which came in a letter dated Sept.

19, 2018.

In it, Buhari asked the lawmakers to consider including the total N242

billion as part of the virements of the 2018 Appropriation Act.

The amount is being requested by INEC and security agencies to conduct

the 2019 general elections.

In a July 11 request to the legislature, the president had asked that

N164 billion out of the N242 billion be vired in the 2018 budget, and

the balance of N78 billion included in the 2019 budget.

But the lawmakers indicated their willingness to accommodate the total

amount for virements under the 2018 Appropriation Act, if requested by

the president.

Buhari said, “In the light of the current realities, and in order to

ensure that the 2019 general elections are not affected by the delays

in the passage into law of the 2019 budget, I accept this kind

suggestion.

“I look forward to your urgent consideration of this request to ensure

that the 2019 general elections are properly conducted.

 

 

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