Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, has said that about N2 billion was earmarked for personnel welfare in the proposed 2018 budget while N2.2billion was proposed for operational logistics.
The Naval Chief stated this while presenting details of the proposed budget to the House of Representatives’ committee on Navy.
He emphasised that inadequate release of budgeted funds had negative effects on the operational ability of the Navy.
He also explained that the funding pattern was merely a continuation of the situation that had endured for several years, saying that nothing has changed.
“It needs be said that the funding challenge is unavoidable under the regime of the Zero Based Budgeting (ZBB).
“The appropriation, which is drastically limited ab-initio by the ZBB, seems to be further substantially progressively decreasing each year from the budgeted funds to the appropriated amount down to the final releases across both the capital and overhead votes, often in some cases with less than 5 per cent of the budgeted amount only accessed. On account of such poor funding profile, the service is unhealthily deficient in practically all operational key enablers,” he said.
Ibas lamented that the funding deficit experienced had also severely constrained the Nigerian Navy in its capacity to deliver the required training infrastructure, which would be necessary to meet the service manpower needs in number and quality.
Chairman of the committee, Hon Abdulsamad Dasuki had, in his welcome address, decried the dwindling allocation to the Nigerian Navy over the years.
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