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Investigations has revealed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) rescheduling of the Presidential and National Assembly elections to Saturday, February 23 has cost the electoral body about N7 billion.

It was gathered that INEC had set aside N32.2bn for the elections which should have taken place on February 16, and the N7 billlion loss represents over 20 per cent of the budget for the elections.

 

 

The breakdown of INEC’s presidential budget, which was obtained by newsmen showed that N31.3bn was budgeted for operational cost while N88.9m was budgeted for election administrative cost and N786m for miscellaneous expenses.

Calculations has revealed that nearly a quarter of the budget had already been spent on transportation of over one million ad hoc staff; deployment of sensitive election materials, including over 150 million ballot papers and result sheets; and charges paid to the Central Bank of and the Nigerian Air Force.

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These expenses will also be incurred in today’s Presidential and National Assembly election.

 

 

It was gathered, for instance, that N2.7bn was budgeted for hiring 12-seater at the rate of N22, 500 per bus for transporting 1,376, 473 ad hoc .

The sum had already been expended as of last Saturday and would have to be spent again ahead of February 23.

In addition, N247m had been spent on the deployment of ICT technical support staff to registration areas, supervisory area and polling units.

The sum covers duty tour allowance for the deployment of men and materials to all the registration areas during the presidential election.

 

 

About N1.9 billion had been spent on movement allowance for over 1.3 million polling officers and assistant polling officers for election duties.

Also, about N1.8 billion had also been spent on election logistics, which included the movement, deployment and retrieval of men and materials for elections. The money covered the provision for distribution of sensitive materials for the election and the provision of logistic support to states as well as the distribution of non-sensitive materials.

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The sum of N424m was paid for the transportation, accommodation and internal movement of 33, 950 return officers and collation officers.

 

 

INEC has also paid N525m to the CBN and the Nigerian Air Force for the storage and movement of election materials.

However, it remains unclear if the commission will again make full payment for these services to the CBN and air force or will be given concessions by the apex bank and the air force.

If the charges are paid again, it will bring the total sum to over N7.5bn

 

 

Meanwhile, the National Commissioner for Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Festus Okoye, has stated that he did not know how much the commission had lost to the postponement.

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“I cannot say for sure how much was spent. I don’t have the statistics,” he said.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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BREAKING: Hoodlums Loot NYSC Camp In Abuja

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Hoodlums in their numbers have invaded the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp in Kubwa Abuja looting properties belonging to the camp.

An eye witness, Precious Ayuba confirmed this incident to Tribune Online via a phone call. As at the time this report was being filed, the looting was still ongoing.

As at the time this report was being filed, the looting was still ongoing.

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According to the source, the hoodlums got wind that COVID-19 palliatives were stored in the NYSC camp, but reaching there, they could not find any food item.

Disappointed by what they saw, the hoodlums started looting foams, chairs tables, television and other properties they could behold.

Recall that in Abuja alone, about 3 locations where COVID-19 palliatives were stored have been looted with NYSC camp being the latest.

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Hoodlums have been on the loose across the country, looting COVID-19 palliatives storage houses.

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COVID-19: Governors received N1billion each from Buhari, N1.1billion from World Bank – Yahaya Bello

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Governors of the 36 states were said to have received N1billion each from the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Governors were also said to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Bank to receive a sum of N1.1billion for the same purpose.

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State made this revelation on Tuesday while featuring on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily.

According to Gov Bello, all the state governors have since received the N1billion from the Federal Government.

However, Yahaya Bello said he was the only state governor who refused to sign an MoU with the World Bank.

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Asked why he received the COVID-19 fund from the Federal Government despite not believing in the virus, Bello said, “even though we did not have COVID-19 in Kogi State, we are equally affected; because our economy was equally affected and Federal Government released that fund to assist every state and we cannot reject it.”

He stated that he refused to sign the World Bank MoU because it was a one-sided agreement or document.

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“Go and check records. Kogi State is the only State that refused to sign that document for N1.1bilion because I don’t believe in COVID. N500million has been disbursed, Kogi State did not receive and I refused to receive and I rejected it,” he said

The Kogi Governor debunked allegations that his government hoarded the CA-COVID relief packages in Lokoja or anywhere in the State as being rumoured.

The allegations, he said, were to discredit state governors and the Federal Government.

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