22 November 2012

Nigeria: NASS Flays Paramilitary Agencies Over Huge Spending On Uniforms

The Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Interior yesterday expressed concern that the Immigration Service, Prisons, Nigerian Civil Defense, Fire service spent huge sum of money on uniforms to the detriment of training and equipment purchase for the paramilitary agencies.

They also asked the Minister of Finance to include the prisons under the SURE-P programme in order to increase production of goods and services.

The joint committee stated this during the 2013 budget defence by the Ministry of Interior, Abba Moro.

However, the Commandant-General of the National Security Civil Defence Corp, (NSCDC)Dr Ade Abolurin said that the Civil Defence was not a killer squad in spite of their authority to carry arms.

He also described claims that there was conflict between NSCDC and the Police as misconception.

The total budget of the ministry for 2013 is N156bn while its 2012 was N159bn, which records a N3bn reduction in allocation.

Chairman of the Committee, Sen. AbubakarBagudu, also lamented the N3bn slash in the 2013 budget of the ministry, stressing that this ministry requires "more funding for its operation considering the security challenges facing the nation."

Sen. Bagudu said "specifically the committee is worried about the lack of equipment in our prisons to store documents, including warrants.

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