in the 2019 budget as severance
benefits for retired Heads of Service
and Permanent Secretaries while
former heads of government agencies
and parastatals would receive N 1 bn as
This is contained in the budget
document recently submitted to the
National Assembly by President
The Federal Government also proposed
N3 bn for outsourced services and
N5 bn for ‘ margin for increased in
Findings also showed that N65 bn was
budgeted for re - integration of
transformed ex- militants while
contingency got N 15 . 8 bn .
The counter - insurgency operations in
the North - East , Operation Lafiya Dole
and other military operations were
expected to gulp N 75 bn .
The Federal Government allocated
N20 bn for university revitalization
and another N 20 bn for additional
support to universities.
The sum of N 160 bn was voted for
public service wage adjustment for
ministries , departments and agencies
including arrears of promotion and
salary increases and severance
Another N22 .7 bn was allocated for
outstanding terminal benefits of
retired Nigeria Airways workers .
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence
Corps proposed N 514 .6 m for the
construction of public schools and
N170 . 4 m for construction of stations /
The Nigeria Police Force voted N103 m
for land acquisition and N 4 . 9 bn for
police stations / barracks construction.
Meanwhile, the Federal Ministry of
Justice has proposed to spend the sum
of N 1 bn on election logistics support
in 2019 .
The N1 bn planned expense jerked the
proposed budget up by about 13 .9 per
cent over the ministry’ s 2018 budget .
According to the budget estimate , the
sum of N 1 bn proposed by the Ministry
of Justice to be spent on what is
described as “ Election – Logistics
Support” represents about 13 .5 per
cent of the ministry ’s budget size of
N7 ,431 ,288 , 232 .
Since the budget proposal is for an
election year, it is believed that the
item has to do with the forthcoming
Further strengthening this belief is that
the item which surfaced under the
miscellaneous expenses of the ministry
for the 2019 financial year , was absent
in the ministry’s budget for 2018.
A total sum of N1 ,140 , 273 ,822 is
proposed for miscellaneous expenses
of the ministry for 2019 .
Apart from election logistic support ,
other items under the heading are
publicity and advertisements which
are to gulp N 5 , 5671 ,861 ; postages and
courier services , N2 ,108 , 280 ; welfare
packages , 93 , 600 ,001 ; sporting
activities, N 5 , 000 ,0004 ; annual budget
expenses and administration ,
28 ,893 , 676 ; and monitoring activities
and follow - up , N5 m .
The sum of N1 bn proposed for election
logistic support represents 87 .7 per
cent of the proposed miscellaneous
In the 2018 budget of the ministry the
amount planned to be spent under
miscellaneous expenses without the
new item of election logistic support
was N 21 ,015 , 931 .
If the budget proposal of the Ministry
of Justice is approved by the National
Assembly , it means the ministry’s
budget will increase from
N6 ,526 ,592 , 382 in 2018 to
N7 ,431 ,288 , 232 in 2019.
The difference of N 904 , 695 , 850
between the 2018 and the proposed
2019 budgets represents about 13 .9
per cent increase in the proposed