The Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, has stated that N18 billion has been approved for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to assist in organizing the elections in Bayelsa, Kogi, and Imo.
He made this announcement during a briefing with State House correspondents following a Council meeting chaired by President Bola Tinubu in Abuja.
“Equally N18 billion was provided for the Independent National Electoral Commission to support them in the conduct of the Bayelsa, Kogi and Imo elections”, Baguda said.
He also mentioned that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a supplementary budget of N2.1 trillion for 2023, which includes allocations for national defense, bridge maintenance, civil service wages, cash transfers to vulnerable households, infrastructure support for the Federal Capital Territory, and off-season governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi states.
Additionally, there is an N8 billion provision for the establishment of newly created ministries, like the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy.