N1.3 billion has been set aside by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC for funeral grants, Christmas rewards, and severance allowances of staff members in 2022.
The Senate Committee on INEC, led by Senator Kabiru Gaya, is considering the commission’s budget profile of N140bn.
“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,” the body laid out the things under the budget.
In a different detail, N200 million was reserved for legal and electing review of the commission’s records separated from the N30 million budgeted for Audit/Investigation support administration.
N3 billion was likewise proposed for social commitment by the commission.
This incorporates N77 million for utilities, N2.4 billion for overhead, and N97 million for materials and supplies.
The breakdown additionally showed that upkeep will swallow N107 million; fuel, N160 million; monetary charges, N260 million; and appointive peril and different allowances, N11.6 billion.
The N11.6 billion appointive risk and different allowances are unique in relation to N600 million life coverage for INEC staff.
INEC executive, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had, last week, said the N100 billion reserved for the direct of 2023 general elections in the following year’s budget gauges was terribly insufficient.
Talking while at the same time showing up before the committee on INEC to shield the 2022 budget gauges, Yakubu said while N189bn was appropriated for the 2019 general elections, that of 2023 couldn’t be N100bn as it were.
“We are already in touch with the Federal Ministry of Finance on the additional requirements for the 2023 general elections.
“We would need more money because we’ve expanded our polling units and we are introducing new technology for elections among many other innovations. The number of registered voters will increase beyond the 84 million for the 2019 general elections,” he said.