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2022 Budget: INEC makes N1.3bn provision for funeral grants, xmas bonus, others

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Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) has earmarked N1.3 billion for funeral grants , Xmas bonus and severance allowances of public officers in the agency in its 2022 budget proposal.


The electoral management body also spent same N1.3 billion in the 2021 budget which is currently running.


The provision is under Miscellaneous in the proposed budget presented for National Assembly consideration and approval.


The line item which is captured under staff welfare reads,” Welfare package for members and staff of the Commission to cover funeral grants /condolence purse, 1st 28 days claims on first appointment/Transfers, severance allowances of Public officers, Transport allowances on retirement for career officers , Xmas / Bonus etc”.


Also in the another line item, N200 million was earmarked as statutory and Electoral Audit of the Commission Account apart from N30 million budgeted for the Audit /Investigation support service.


Same amount was spent on same function in 2021 budget by the Commission.


Listed in the 2022 budget of INEC are; N23 billion for Social Contribution- N4.2 billion , Utilities General – N77 million , Overhead Cost – N2.4 billion , Materials and Supplies – N97 million , Maintenance – N107 million , N160 million for Fuel, N260 million for Financial Charges , N50 million for staff promotion, Conduct of Election – N800 million.


In the budget proposal, N10 million was earmarked for Crech Maintenance, Monthly Supervision of states offices by National Commissioners and Security Allowances for Public Officers – N100 million ,Electoral Hazard and Allowances – N11.6 billion .


The N11.6 billion allowance is quite different from N600 million life insurance for INEC staff.