Nigeria To Spend A Whooping N254bn On 2019 Elections, Buhari Seeks Senate Approval

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Nigeria needs a whooping N254 billion (N254,445,322,600) to conduct the 2019 general election, a letter sent by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Senate, seeking the approval of the sum which will be drawn from the 2018 and 2019 budgets, has revealed.

In the letter titled “Request for virement and supplementary 2018 budget,” Mr. Buhari requested the lawmakers to remove projects earlier inserted into the budget and replace them with priority projects as contained in the original bill.

The president assured the lawmakers in the letter that he would not submit a supplementary budget to fund these priority projects. Rather he asked them to remove those inserted.

Also a supplementary budget of N242 billion (N242,445,322, 600) to fund six agencies in the 2019 general election was also requested by the president.

Out of that sum, N164 billion (N164,104,792,065) will be drawn from the 2018 supplementary budget while N78 billion (N78,314,530,535) will form part of the 2019 budget of those agencies.

Please read below Mr Buhari’s letter:

Request for virement and supplementary 2018 budget

As you are aware, the 2019 general election is scheduled to be conducted early in 2019. To ensure that adequate arrangements are made for free and fair election, it has become necessary to appropriate funds to enable the relevant agencies to commence preparations.

INEC and the security agencies have accordingly recently submitted their requests and these have been subjected to the usual budget evaluation. The aggregate cost of the election is estimated at N254, 445, 322,600. However, in line with the prevailing fiscal I’m proposing that the sum of N164, 104, 792, 65 be provided for through virement or supplementation of the 2018 budget. I propose that the balance of N78, 340, 530, 535 mostly related to personnel allowances, fuelling and other costs not required until election proper be provided in their 2019 budget.

The proposal for the 2019 election is as summarised below:


2018 supplementary – N143, 512, 529, 445

2019 budget – N45, 695, 015,438

Total: N189, 207, 544, 893

Office of the National Security Adviser

2018 supplementary – N3, 855, 500, 000

2019 budget – 426, 000, 000

Total – 4, 281, 500,000


2018 supplementary – N2, 903, 638, 000

2019 budget – N9,309,644,455

Total – N12, 213, 282, 455


2018 supplementary – N1, 845, 597, 000

2019 budget – N1, 727, 997, 500

Total – N3, 573, 534, 500

Nigeria Police

2018 supplementary – N11, 457, 417, 432

2019 budget – N19, 083, 900, 000

Total – N30, 541, 317, 432


2018 supplementary – N530, 110, 078

2019 budget – N2, 098,033, 142

Total – N2, 628, 143, 320

Total amount (for 2019 election)

2018 supplementary – N164, 104, 792, 065

2019 budget – N78, 314, 530, 535

Total – N242, 445, 322, 600

You will also recall that when I signed the 2018 appropriation act, I indicated the need for reinstatement of certain cuts made to certain critical projects provided in the original executive bill. I’m therefore submitting for your consideration the reinstatement of most of the most critical of such cuts totalling N67, 742, 216, 150 which are summarised in page one. The total amount required to be provided for in the 2018 budget for the 2019 general election and to restore the identified critical projects to the amount earlier proposed is therefore N228, 854, 800, 250. Implementing a budget of N9.12 trillion for 2018 would be extremely challenging and therefore, I do not consider it expedient to propose a further increase to the size of the 2018 expenditure framework to fund these very important and critical expenditure items.

Accordingly, I invite the distinguished senate to consider, in the national interest, relocating some of the funds appropriated for the new projects which were inserted into the 2018 budget proposal totalling N 578, 319, 951, 904 to cover the sum of N228, 854, 800, 205 required as noted above.

A schedule sitting out a comprehensive list of these inserted projects is attached to this letter for ease of your consideration.

Further to the above, kindly find attached a supplementary budget and virement proposal for your consideration.

While hoping that this request will expeditious consideration of the distinguished senate, please accept, Mr Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Yours sincerely,

Muhammadu Buhari


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  1. Nigeria To Spend A Whooping N254bn On 2019 Elections, Buhari Seeks Senate Approval – Matthews' Blog

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