The Federal Government has defended the disbursement of 1.14 billion Naira for the purchase of 10 SUVs for the Republic of Niger. The Minister of Finance,Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed says the decision is to enable Niger to safeguard her territory in the best interest of Nigeria’s security. Also, Nigeria`s Information Minister Lai Mohhammed has assured Nigerians that the 2023 elections will hold and the country will be secured.

A document from the ministry of finance showing that the president approved the release of fund in february 2022 and a contract awarded to cara motors nigeria limited to supply the sports utility vehicles for the republic of nijer is packing outrage among nigerians critics are questioning the priority of the government’s funding of a foreign entity during an economic

Downturn fielding questions from state house correspondent after the federal executive council meeting the minister of finance justifies the purchase of 10 toyota land cruiser v8 vehicles for neighboring country niger let me just say that over time nigeria has had to support its neighbors especially immediate neighbors to enhance their capacity to secure their

Countries as it relates to us this is not the first time that nigeria has supported niger cameroon or chad and the president makes an assessment as to what is required based on the request of their president and such requests are approved and the interventions are provided is to enhance their capacity to protect their own territory as it relates to security also to

In nigeria well nigerians have a right to ask questions but also the president has a responsibility to make an assessment of what is in the best interest of the country and i i cannot question that decision myself on his part the minister of information and culture responds to the alarm raised by the civil society groups over the threat of insecurity to the 2023

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Elections yes it is true that some groups of been worried and concerned while they are given the state of insecurity in the country there can be elections but i can assure you there will be elections because the federal government will do everything possible not just to measure this election but to secure the country i’m sure you you heard yesterday from the

President that the commanders have been given everything they need and they’ve been given all the powers they need to bring this insurgency and this monetary to an end as for the issue of all whether the service chiefs should resign or not i think only the only the appointer can make such a decision the council approved memos from various ministries including

The sum of 2.2 billion naira for operational vehicles and security gadgets for the federal capital territory abuja 60 utility vehicles including communication equipment installed in the vehicles at the sum of one billion eight hundred and thirty five million one hundred eight thousand six hundred and thirteen naira ninety five cobo in addition to that council

Also approved supply of various security gadgets and accessories to support security agents in the fcg at the total sum of 847 million one hundred and thirty nine thousand seven hundred and sixty four nine fifty seven kabul the weekly meeting began with the swearing-in of three new permanent secretaries to fill vacancies in the civil service the hybrid meeting

Also had in attendance the vice president professor yamiya shivajo who has been away recuperating from a surgery you

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