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Thursday, 1 February 2018

2018 Budget: Senate insists on rollover projects for Nigerian Army

The Senate on Thursday, has insisted that
uncompleted projects of the Nigerian army
must be rolled over to the new year for
appropriation rather than abandoning those
projects for new ones.
Senate Committee on Nigeria Army stated
this while hosting Nigerian Army to its 2018
budget defence in Abuja.
Chief of Army staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai
who appeared before the committee
explained that the 2017 capital budget
performance for the Nigerian Army was 57%,
thereby, constituting a huge challenge for
the Army to overcome some tasks.
According to Gen. Buratai who appeared
alongside military chiefs in charge of army
formations across the country, there was
never an abandoned projects since he
became the Chief of Army Staff.
“Distinguished Chairman, Senators, what we
normally do is to work with what releases we
have and since I became the Chief of Army
Staff, we have never had abandoned
projects”, he said.
He said, they would always work with
realeses, though there were things that
normally require immediate action depending
on the security implications.

Member of the Committee, Senator James
Manager commended the military for the risk
they were taking to ensure safety of
Nigerians.
Manager advocated for a first line charge
budget for the military which would compel
a 100% releases and on time, adding that
Nigeria military was too sensitive to be
subjected to budget politics.
“If the Army was not doing their jobs,
nobody would be safe in Nigeria. We can not
even sit to make laws for Nigeria in the
National Assembly, so we must commend
the military,” the lawmaker said.
Meanwhile, Committee Chairman, Senator
George Akume said, the military was doing
well in protecting Nigeria’s territorial
integrity, saying, Senate would ensure
adequate provision of 2018 budgets.

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