Governors Have Diverted Security Votes to Pocket Money — Ngige

Governors Have Diverted Security Votes to Pocket Money — Ngige

by Victor Ndubuisi

Senator Chris Ngige, a former governor of Anambra and minister of labour and employment, has accused state governors of misusing security monies and blamed their conduct for the widespread insecurity in Nigeria.

Speaking at the Ojoto Ofala Festival in Anambra, Ngige charged that governors were misusing security votes, taking them out of their intended use, and aggravating the current security situation.

Ngige stressed that state governors are supposed to use security votes to improve security in their individual states. He voiced concern about the fact that some governors mistakenly see these funds as personal funds, taking them away from their intended purpose of stabilising security and impeding economic activity.

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He stated, “Security votes are meant to be spent by state governors to stabilise security in their different states.


“They are not pocket money, but some governors have converted them to personal money.

“Security is like information, publicity; when you are spending money on publicity, you won’t see it; it is not tangible, but you will see the effect. If you put stability in your security, you will see prosperity following it because there will be economic activities.

“Insecurity has made economic activities to be destabilised in the Southeast zone in the past 18 months, coupled with the sit-at-home; and all these activities by non-state actors who hide under the camouflage of Nnamdi Kanu to perpetrate criminality,” Ngige disclosed.


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