Monday, December 19, 2011

Budget: NSA to spend N124bn, as amnesty gets N74bn

The office of the National Security Adviser Gen. Andrew Azazi is to spend a total of N124 billion next year as capital and recurrent spending, according to details of the 2012 Federal budget made available to Daily Trust last night.

For recurrent expenditure, the NSA’s office has been allocated N59.64 billion while the capital budget is N64.63 billion. There are no further specifics of the expenditure in the document.

President Jonathan on Tuesday presented the 2012 budget of N4.749 trillion to the National Assembly, allocating more than N900 billion to the Security sector.

In addition to the NSA’s allocation, the budget details show allocations to other security related agencies as follows: Police Formation and Commands (N307.8 billion), Defence, including Ministry of Defence, Army, Navy and Air Force (N326.35 billion), Interior Ministry (N157 billion), Police Affairs ministry (N6.1 billion) and Police Service Commission (N2.47 billion).

Based on these figures, the total allocations to security related agencies amount to N923.72 billion. According to the budget details, the Presidential Amnesty Programme for the Niger Delta is to spend N74 billion in 2012.

The amount is to be shared out as follows: stipends and feeding allowance (N48 billion), operations cost (N20.796 billion), reintegration of transformed Niger Delta ex-militants, 2010 arrears (N4.174 billion) and reintegration of Niger Delta ex-militants (N925 million).

Budget provision for the Presidency is N27.796 billion for recurrent and N15.8 billion for capital spending. Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation is to receive N47 billion as recurrent and N23.55 billion as capital expenditure.

Statutory transfers in the budget are National Judicial Council (N85 billion), National Assembly (N150 billion), Niger Delta Development Commission (N54.69 billion), Universal Basic Education (N68 billion) and Independent National Electoral Commission (N40 billion).

The National Assembly is yet to begin debate on the budget.

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