The Ministry of Defence, Abubakar Badaru, says his ministry intends to use its 2023 supplementary budget and part of its 2024 budget to end insurgency and terrorism simultaneously.
The minister, who was defending the ministry’s budget at a joint sitting of the Senate and House of Representatives committees on defence yesterday, said the ministry was resolved to ensure that terrorists rooted from one location, did not go to another to continue their heinous activities.
While commending the committees for always assisting the ministry in its resolve to end insecurity, he said he believed that the Federal Government would end the war, but would not disclose its strategies openly.
The minister noted that the ministry’s N78.58 billion appropriation for 2024 was higher than the N62.9 billion appropriation for 2023, and commended the National Assembly for its commitment to end insecurity.
He, however, called for an upward review of overhead costs in the 2024 budget in view of inflation and rising cost of diesel.