• Nigerian government has budgeted N242.45 billion for the execution of the 2019 general elections.

The Nigerian government has budgeted N242.45 billion for the execution of the 2019 general elections to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

President Muhammadu Buhari made this known in a letter sent to the National Assembly for scrutiny and approval of the sum which will be drawn from the 2018 and 2019 budgets.

The Nigerian president, who is also seeking re-election, urged the lawmakers to remove projects earlier inserted into the budget and replace them with priority projects as contained in the original bill.

Here is the breakdown 2019 election spending proposal:

Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC

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 – N426, 000, 000

Total – N4, 281, 500,000

Department of State Security

2018 supplementary – N2, 903, 638, 000

2019 budget – N9,309,644,455

Total – N12, 213, 282, 455

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Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps

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

Nigeria Immigration Service

2018 supplementary – N530, 110, 078

2019 budget – N2, 098,033, 142

Total – N2, 628, 143, 320

The Total amount for the election

2018 supplementary – N164, 104, 792, 065

2019 budget – N78, 314, 530, 535

Grant Total – N242, 445, 322, 600

The president, who is presently in The Hague, Netherlands, assured the International Court that his government will do everything possible to ensure that Nigeria witnesses the conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections in 2019.