The President Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities has put aside over N15 billion because the “Police Special Operations Fund” to deal with insecurity within the North-East, North-West and North-Central states.
This is contained within the 2021 supplementary appropriation invoice of N983 billion, which the President signed into regulation in July.
Checks by SaharaReporters into the supplementary funds revealed that the Southern area is conspicuously lacking from the “Police Special Operations Fund” which is supposed to deal with the safety challenges going through the nation, chief amongst them being kidnappings, banditry and terrorism.
The Police Special Operations Fund (Item 16) underneath Police Formation and Commands will likely be given N15,166,188,712.
The merchandise reads, “Police Special Operations Fund (Service-wide Vote) North-East/North-West/North-Central – N15,166,188,712.”
The supplementary funds is silent on the Southern states which even have had a justifiable share of the safety challenges bedevilling the nation.
SaharaReporters had additionally on Tuesday reported that within the N983 billion supplementary funds signed into regulation, recurrent (non-debt) expenditure will gulp N123 billion, whereas N895 billion will go into capital expenditure.
The supplementary funds additionally covers the procurement of safety tools, vaccines and different COVID-19 associated tools.
It had earlier been reported that the federal government plans to spend N4.87 billion for “WhatsApp and Thuraya Interception Solutions.”
The supplementary funds allotted N4.87 billion (4,870,350,000) for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). The provision is for the procurement of navy intelligence tools – Thuraya Interception Solution for N2.94billion and WhatsApp Interception Solution (N1.93 billion).
Despite public outcry and protest in opposition to the transfer to invade residents’ privateness, federal lawmakers authorised the procurement for the manager arm as acknowledged within the funds submitted by Buhari.
From the supplementary funds, the Federal Ministry of Health obtained N2.8 billion to obtain molecular laboratory tools in nationwide hospitals.
The hospitals embrace National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi; National Eye Centre, Kaduna; National Ear Care Centre, Kaduna; National Fistula Centre, Abakaliki; National Fistula Hospital, Katsina; National Fistula Hospital, Sokoto; Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Calabar; University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital and Federal Medical Centre, Asaba Annex, Aniocha.
They had been allotted N300 million every for the tools, whereas N400 million was allotted to the Federal Medical Centre, Nguru, for a similar objective.
On different capital supplementary allocations, the Nigerian authorities earmarked N67.44 billion (N67,443,671,374) for the procurement and set up of oxygen vegetation in addition to vaccine procurement for the nation.
The breakdown confirmed that N60.3 billion can be used to obtain 29.8 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines underneath the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) preparations.