Federal Government Officials To Spend N3.4bn On Games

Federal Government officials in about 553 ministries and agencies including the Office of the President and that of the Vice-President are set to spend N3.4bn on games and inter-agency sport competitions in 2020.

The PUNCH reports that although the fund is meant for sport competitions among agencies, about N113.5m was set aside for sporting activities in 117 foreign missions with the embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, earmarking the highest at N8.6m for sporting activities.

The information is contained in the 2020 budget proposal submitted to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The State House set aside N30.1m for sporting activities while the Office of the Vice-President set aside a separate N5.4m for the same activities.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission budgeted N24.7m for sporting activities while the Ministry of Defence and all the agencies under it earmarked N108.8m.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, which oversees the National Youth Service Corps, the Nigerian Football Federation and the Nigeria Institute of Sports, had the highest budget with N2.3bn for sporting activities.

The Ministry of Education, including at least 38 MDAs, and secondary and tertiary institutions, budgeted a total of N145m.

The Ministry of Health, including seven other MDAs, budgeted a total of N31.3m for sporting activities, while the Ministry of Environment allocated N16.8m to sporting activities.

The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development budgeted a total of N2.6m for sporting activities including N351,000 for Metallurgical Training Institute, Onitsha; N500,000 for Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office and Centres; and N1,800,000 for Solid Mineral Development Fund Office.

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The Ministry of Niger Delta earmarked N109.6m as its budget for sporting activities, whereas the Ministry of Works and Housing allocated N22m for sporting activities.

The Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation set aside N16.7m.

The Ministry of Interior and its agencies budgeted N120m for sporting activities while the Federal Road Safety Corps budgeted N34.3m.

The National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission budgeted N5.5m for sporting activities, while the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission allocated N2m.

For the Fiscal Responsibility Commission, N1.1m was allocated to sporting activities; in the Independent Corrupt Practices and Others Related Offences Commission, N6.9m was budgeted; the Code of Conduct Bureau is to receive N2,040,000; and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, N3,279,320.

The Ministry of Water Resources, along with four other MDAs, budgeted N8.7m for sporting activities, while the Ministry of Women Affairs earmarked N4.2m.

The sports budget for the Ministry of Justice is N20m.

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