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Senate Committee to Invite Minister of Finance over Army Budget Implementation

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By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Senate Committee on Army has said it will invite the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed over the implementation of the 2022 budget of the Nigerian Army.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, who made this known during the 2023 Budget Defence of the Army on Tuesday said the invitation becomes necessary in view of the 2022 budget performance of the Army which is below their expectation.

He said the fund released so far for the recurrent expenditure is about 67% while that of the capital expenditure is about 50% contrary to the promise of the minister of prompt release of fund for the Army.

Ndume who addressed journalists after the budget defence of the Army which was held in a close door, said under normal circumstance, the budget defence should be open to the media but because of the security implication, it was held in a close door.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya appeared before the committee but he did not address the media before departing from the Senate Wing of the National Assembly.

Sundiata Post recalls that Ndume also called on the media to try as much as possible not to glamorize activities of insurgents and criminals.

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