The government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the Ministry of Interior has announced that it has so far recorded about 95.69 per cent budget performance for 2020. The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, revealed this recently when he received members of the House of Representatives Committee on Interior who were on oversight visit to the ministry. He urged the National Assembly to help boost its allocations in order to continue to discharge its mandate creditably.
The minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Shaibu Belgore, also lamented how low budget constraints was making coordination of paramilitary agencies under it difficult, pleading for an enhanced economic fortune.
He said: “This is a very big ministry with a very small headquarters. We are working very hard with the resources at our disposal to ensure that we are able to fulfill those mandates that have been given to us. Recent events in Nigeria have heightened the need for improved funding of internal security.
“For the year ended 2019, we had a capital appropriation of N721 million only for which performance was 100 per cent. The overhead was N350.8 million and the expenditure performance for that was also 100 per cent. On personnel, we had N2.96 billion for which performance was 99.7 per cent.
“Overall, the Ministry of Interior (headquarters) had a 99.75 per cent budget performance for the year ended 2019.
“For 2020, capital appropriation for the headquarters of the ministry up till 30th September 2020 was N2.61 billion and expenditure performance so far has been 94.26 per cent. Also, N607.8 million was for overhead, with an expenditure performance of 90.14 per cent. For personnel, we had N915.3 million and we have 99.94 per cent performance on that.
Nigeria experienced fluctuating but improved economic growth indices over the last 12 months.