COAS Faruk Yahaya to Senate: N579bn not enough for Nigerian Army to tackle insecurity.Adunni Adetola
Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has stated that N579 billion earmarked for the Army in the 2022 budget is not enough for it to carry out its constitutional responsibilities, particularly the fight against Boko Haram.
The Armed boss disclosed this while appearing before the Senate committee on Army for a budget-defence session on Wednesday, saying the Federal Government should exempt the army from the “envelope” budgeting system.
“In preparing for the year 2022 budget, the Nigerian Army proposed about the sum of N710 billion,” he said.
“The Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning budget reduced it to N579 billion.
This reduction would impede the capacity and tempo of the Nigerian Army in carrying out its constitutional duties particularly the ongoing war against Boko Haram terrorists and other criminality across the country.
“The National Assembly should prevail on the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning to exempt the Nigerian Army from the current budget ceiling or envelope allocation system.
“I passionately appeal to this committee to impress upon the federal ministry of finance, budget and national planning to begin the release of the year 2022 Nigerian Army capital budget from the first quarter 2022.
“This would help the army to rehabilitate dilapidated accommodations in over 138 barracks and training facilities across our units and formations as well as procure the needed equipment and platforms to prosecute the war against terrorism.”
“The timely and complete implementation of the 2022 budget will thus enhance the fulfilment of the Nigerian Army’s constitutional mandate and thus engender peace for socioeconomic development of our country Nigeria,” he said.