The Senate committee on Army led by Senator Ali Ndume has called on the Federal Government to urgently increase funding to the Nigerian Army.
Senator Ndume made this known during the budget defense of the Nigerian Army at the National Assembly, Abuja.
According to Ndume, the Nigerian Army is been under funded considering the nature of the warfare the country is into.
He noted with sadness that only about eighty three percent of the 2020 appropriation has been released by the federal government; that the first allocation was fifty percent released in the first week of July, 2020 while the second was released in November, 2020.
The lawmaker decried the fact that, the budget allocation for the Nigerian Army is the poorest among other African countries fighting terrorism and Armed banditry.
” Our government budgeted thirty billion naira for the Army, and we don’t have any guarantee that it will be released on time for the Army to do the needful”, he said.
Ndume noted that according to section 14(2) of the Nigerian Constitution, the security and protection of its citizens is a constitutional right of the Nigerian citizen and they should not be denied that.
Therefore, it is imperative for the federal government to as a matter of urgency increase the budget allocation for the Army.
He said that, the Army needs sophisticated equipment to fight and win the war because the Armed bandits have more sophisticated weapons than the Nigerian Army. ” If there is no equipment to fight, then all the training undertaken by the Army is useless”.
The chairman pointed out also that the committee will continue to engage the executive to ensure it does the right thing.