The Nigerian Army plans to spend over N6bn to purchase security equipment in 2019 to push its fight against the Boko Haram insurgents and other security operations.
The N6bn plan is contained in the 2019 Executive Budget proposal presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly in December 2018.
The N6bn is outside the $1bn fund from the Excess Crude Account, which was promised by President Buhari in December 2017 to the military to boost their fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East.
The Ministry of Defence had said in December 2018 that it had not yet received the fund.
The army had also noted that the fund was under processing and whenever the processes were completed, it would get more equipment to prosecute the war.
Checks in the army’s 2019 budget by our correspondent revealed the army planned to spend N5,965,596,744 on the purchase of security equipment and N1,000,000,000 on the purchase of defence equipment in 2019.
The budget reads, “Purchase of motor vehicles – N7,224,627,798; purchase of health/medical equipment – N200,710,123; purchase of security equipment – N5,965,596,744; purchase of defence equipment – N1,000,000,000; construction of office buildings – N250,721,494; construction of residential buildings – N946,260,355; provision of electricity – N400,000,000; provision of roads – N200,000,000; provision of military barracks – N400,000,000; purchase of ammunitions/pyrotechnics – N400,000,000.”
Projects listed by the army for 2019 also include the purchase of excavators for Operation Lafiya Dole at N194,928,893; the purchase of drone jammers and backpack jammers for mobile phones, kitting of Nigerian Army personnel, purchase of vehicles for newly-inducted Armed Forces Special Force Battalion, purchase of operational vehicles and office equipment for established 17 Brigade.
Others are purchase of vehicles for the Nigerian Army War College, general renovation of the Nigerian Army barracks, construction and furnishing of auditorium at 8 Division headquarters in Sokoto State, expansion and re-modelling of Nigerian Army School of Finance and Administration, Lagos State.