Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, said on Thursday he had no security votes.
He was reacting to allegation by Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of House of Representatives, that he carefully did not disclose his Security Votes while making public security allocation in the 2017 budget.
El-Rufai had last week challenged the National Assembly to disclose details of their budget to the public. Dogara responded by asking El-Rufai and other governors to disclose their Security Votes and state allocation to local governments.
Below is the statement by his governor’s spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan:
“The Kaduna State Government has presented details of its security budget.
“What was presented represents the only security vote for the entire government. As the figures show, there is no security vote for the Governor of Kaduna State.
“This may be a shock to those used to the notion of security votes as barely disguised slush funds, but we do not operate such a system in Kaduna.
“Our budgets specify what is voted as assistance to security agencies, and its expenditure is properly recorded and accounted for. These are not monies given to or spent by the governor.”
“Our security spending does not operate like the NASS system of sharing public funds in such an opaque fashion that even NASS members do not know how their entire budget is broken down or what the leadership gets as its ‘running costs.”