Federal Government plans to spend N9.05billion on the purchase, maintenance and fueling of generators

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The Federal Government plans to spend N9.05billion on the purchase, maintenance and fueling of generators across the Ministries, Departments and Agencies nationwide.

The government also earmarked a separate N75.4million for maintenance and fueling of generators in some of its foreign missions abroad.

The details are contained in the 2020 budget proposal which was submitted to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari last week.

Reports say the sum to be spent on generators may be much higher as several agencies such as the Independent National Electoral Commission and the National Health Insurance Scheme which have offices nationwide, failed to provide a breakdown of their budgets.

The government has budgeted the sum despite claims that power had improved drastically.

The N9billion earmarked for generators by the Federal Government is more than the Internally Generated Revenue of Bauchi, Abia, Zamfara, Kogi, Anambra, Bayelsa, Jigawa, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Borno, Taraba, Yobe and Gombe states in the first and second quarters of 2019.

The agency of the government with the largest single budget for generators is the Nigerian Army which set aside N518.3million for fueling of generators alone while no amount was earmarked for maintenance.

In the second position is the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission which is asking for N64.5million for maintenance, N166.6million for fueling of the generators and N82.2million to purchase a new generator, a combined N313.4million.