FG budget N44.64bn on military equipment, arms, ammunition

FG budget N44.64bn on military equipment, arms, ammunition

The 2022 Appropriation Bill has set aside N44.64 billion for military equipment, weaponry, and ammunition.

According to the breakdown of the bill presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari(retd.) last week, the Ministry of Defence will spend N 218,041, 734 on defense equipment, while the Defence Headquarters will spend N250,000,000, N230,000,000, and N244,000,000 on arms, ammunition, and military equipment.

The Nigerian Army would spend N241,172,260 on construction and defense equipment procurement, while the Nigerian Navy will spend N6,892,413,452 on defense equipment procurement and N9,405,000,000 on building.

Also, the Nigerian Air Force according to the breakdown will purchase defence equipment for N25,657,742,046 and procurement of various small arms and ammunition to cost N1,500,000,000.

Besides this, the Nigerian Army also proposed N2,061,903,814 for the rehabilitation / repairs of defence equipment. The Nigerian Air Force also budgeted N7,371,813,303 for the same project.

Also, in the proposed bill, the DHQ will procure military kits for N448,000,000 and utility vehicles for N340,000,000. Under miscellaneous details of the appropriation bill revealed that the DHQ will spend N4,499,797 while Corps members kitting , transport and feeding allowance N8,000,000 and N15,060,565 earmarked for sporting activities.

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Other projects listed for the Nigerian Army include construction/provision of military barracks for N6,827,304,223, the rehabilitation / repairs of military/defence barracks for N6,509,782,567, and the construction / provision of roads for N161,089,054 among others.

The Nigerian Navy other projects include the establishment of NN Special Operations Command (TO Incorporate SBS, Special Forces, EOD and Diving Unit) for N3,250,000,000, construction of NNS SOROH Permanent site for 800,000,000, procurement OF Landing Ship Tank for N792,413,452, the construction of 2 X 16 X 2 bedroom accommodations and 2 X 24 X 1 bedroom accommodation for junior ratings at N2,200,000,000 and the relocation of NNCETT and CIT schools to Ile-Ife, Osun state at N1,018,955,599 among others.

On it part, the Nigerian Air Force budgeted 2,617,375,701 for the rehabilitation/repairs of military/defence barracks, N 3,500,000,000 for procurement of various aircraft spares; 1,000,000,000 for procurement of troop carrier and other operational vehicles; N 2,000,000,000 for the construction of offices and accommodation in various commands; N1,000,000,000 for procurement of uniforms and accoutrement and upgrade and rehabilitation of existing barracks infrastructure by direct labour at N 1,867,375,701.

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