Defence budgets N84m for meals, N80m for equipment


The Ministry of Defence has set aside N71,071,578 for welfare packages and N13,436,544 for refreshments and meals in 2020, while  N80m will be spent to purchase defence equipment.

These figures are obtained from a breakdown of the 2020 Budget Appropriation Bill of Ministries, Departments and Agencies presented last week by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly.

The Ministry of Defence also earmarked N89m for local and international travels in the coming year, but gave N16m to research and development.

Some of the capital projects listed by the ministry include; purchase of project vehicles put at N46m, barracks’ rehabilitation in the six geopolitical zones to gulp N1,800,000,000, while research and development is put at N6,230,497.

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