$1bn to fight Boko Haram: Wike demands special fund for N-Delta

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 18, 2017

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki said 36 state leaders approved the transfer of $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account, which is used to hold revenues from oil production and protect planned budgets from shortfalls due to volatile crude prices.

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government must as a matter of urgency release funds for tackling issues of environmental degradation and security in the Niger Delta.

The Nigerian Army has disclosed that its troops had captured 220 Boko Haram insurgents in various clearance operations in the northeast region.

Tribune said that the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), has given an indication of a prolonged fuel scarcity, advising Nigerians to stockpile enough fuel and other petroleum products to last them during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Weapons procurement for the fight against Boko Haram has been marred by a massive corruption scandal in a country where graft is widespread.

A fresh crisis is now looming between the executive and the legislature over the planned $1B withdrawal from the Excess Crude Account, ECA to fight the Boko Haram war as bothe the Chambers of the National Asembly resume plenary tomorrow. But in a statement on Friday, Fayose stated that he was not among those who gave the approval.

"They went on to tell Nigerians that the decision was taken by governors of the 36 States, whereas, it was exclusively the idea of the federal government, which they used the arranged National Executive Council meeting to achieve".

The balance in the ECA, as reported to the council by Accountant General of the Federation Ahmed Idris, was $2.317 billion as of December 13, 2017.

"Since they said they have defeated Boko Haram, what else do they need a whopping sum of $1 billion (over N360 billion) for; if not to fund the 2019 elections?"

In a statement by NGF's Head of Media, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, the forum accused Fayose of being unfair with his comments, saying, "You can never spend too much on security because the safety of lives and property is the most cardinal among all the principles of governance in any democracy".

Guardian said there is cold war between the National Universities Commission (NUC), and the Council of Legal Education (CLE).

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