The federal government has validated the procurement of 10 vehicles valued at N1.14 billion for the Niger Republic.
Nigeria’s minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed made this known on Wednesday after the federal executive council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
Ahmed stated that Nigeria has a policy of assisting its neighbouring countries.
On Wednesday, a journalist named David Hundeyin, released a document online signifying that the president authenticated the fund on February 22, 2022, while the contract to supply the 10 units of Toyota Land Cruisers were awarded to IFO Kaura Motors Nig. Limited for the neighbouring nation.
The particular document revealed that the sum of N1.145 billion was released for the purpose.
While speaking further on the procurement, the minister of finance said albeit Nigerians have the right to question, President Muhammadu Buhari, who authorized the purchase, also has the right to make his assessment of situations and act accordingly.
“Let me just say that over time, Nigeria has had to support its neighbours, especially the immediate neighbours to enhance their capacity to secure their countries as it relates to us. This is not the first time that Nigeria had assisted the Niger Republic, Cameroon or Chad,” she said.
“The president makes an assessment as to what is required based on the request of their presidents. Such requests are approved, and interventions were provided.
“It is to enhance their capacity to protect their countries, as it relates to security and also to Nigeria.”