Details of the 2018 virement proposal sent to the National Assembly for the 2019 general election by President Muhammadu Buhari have emerged.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) will need N310m to feed and administer drugs to dogs that will be deployed in states. NSCDC needs N1.2bn in total.
The Nigeria Police Force will require N7m to feed 50 horses that would be used for patrol during the polls.
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.”
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.
The 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.