ABUJA, DECEMBER 27, 2016 – To make the country peaceful and ensure unhindered oil production, the Federal Government has set aside the sum of N29 billion for countering insurgency, militancy and other forms of threat to national peace in its 2017 budget.
Under the outlay captured in the budget of the Defence Headquarters and the Nigerian Air Force, the Federal Government plans to acquire new platforms for counter-air, counter-surface and air operations as well as materials for strategic effect and air support operations in Nigeria.
Similarly, the government is to spend additional N6.429 billion for operational logistics while it is to reconfigure two Augusta AW101 Helicopters for military operations at the cost of N620 million within the year.
The figure emerged as the Presidency sets aside the sum of N145,869,150 for the old State House in Lagos popularly known as Dodan Barracks even though the seat of government has moved to Abuja.
According to the budget documents obtained by Vanguard, the money has been set aside for the “Annual Routine Maintenance of Mechanical/Electrical installations, Building/Civil and Environmental Services within the State House Lagos facilities and the Vice President’s Guest House, Ikoyi.
In addition, the State House plans to spend the sum of N8.5 million on what it calls “anti-corruption” an assignment best suited for the EFCC or the ICPC and another N29.1 million on Sports, something that seems to be under the purview of the Sports Ministry.
In the same vein, the Chief Economic Adviser to the President is to spend the sum of N60 million for his “Evidence -based research on all aspects of the Nigerian economy that will help Mr. President in formulating strategies and policies for the Nigerian economy.”
With such provision, it is not clear what the functions of the ministries of Budget and National Planning and the Budget and Finance have not been usurped or such functions duplicated in the circumstance.
The Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA has also set aside a princely sum of N750 million to build three worship centres as one of its projects for the coming year.
Under the plan, the NDA will build a mosque, a church and another church for the protestant community in its domain.