INEC to spend N1.3bn on funeral grants, others

The N11.6 billion electoral hazard and other allowances is different from N600 million life insurance for INEC staff.
INEC to spend N1.3bn on funeral grants, others
INEC boss, Prof Mahmood YakubuFILE

N1.3 billion has been earmarked by the Independent National Electoral Commission for its staff's welfare in 2022.

This covers funeral grants, Christmas bonuses and severance allowances of staff members, among others.

The commission’s budget profile of N140bn is under consideration by the Senate Committee on INEC, chaired by Senator Kabiru Gaya.

The line item reads, “Welfare package for members and staff of the commission to cover funeral grants/condolence purse, 1st 28 days claims on first appointment/transfers, severance allowances of public officers, transport allowances on retirement for career officers, Christmas/ Bonus etc.”

In another line item, N200 million was earmarked for statutory and electoral audit of the commission’s accounts apart from the N30 million budgeted for Audit/Investigation support service.

The commission also proposed N3 billion for social contribution, N77 million for utilities, N2.4 billion for overhead and N97 million for materials and supplies.

The breakdown also showed that maintenance will gulp N107 million; fuel, N160 million; financial charges, N260 million; and electoral hazard and other allowances, N11.6 billion.

The N11.6 billion electoral hazard and other allowances is different from N600 million life insurance for INEC staff.

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had, last week, said the N100 billion earmarked for the conduct of 2023 general elections in next year’s budget estimates was grossly inadequate.

Speaking while appearing before the committee on INEC to defend the 2022 budget estimates, Yakubu said while N189bn was appropriated for the 2019 general elections, that of the 2023 could not be N100bn only.

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