Minister of Finance, Funds and Nationwide Planning Zainab Ahmed
The Federal authorities confirmed on Wednesday, that it gave the sum of N1.4billion donations to the Republic of Niger to assist within the acquisition of some operational autos.
Minister of Finance, Funds and Nationwide Planning Zainab Ahmed confirmed the acquisition, whereas fielding questions from reporters, shortly after the Federal Govt Council ( FEC) assembly presided over by the President, Muhammadu Buhari.
Following the outrage generated by the motion, which was uncovered by a preferred social media influencer, David Hundeyin, on Wednesday, the Minister of Finance, Funds and Nationwide Planning, Mrs. Ahmed, argued that although Nigerians have the correct to query the rationale for such donation, President Muhammadu Buhari, who permitted the acquisition, additionally had the correct to make his personal evaluation on conditions and act accordingly.
The doc launched by the media influencer confirmed that the President permitted the discharge of the fund on the twenty second of February this yr.
The contract to produce the ten models of Toyoya Land Cruisers was awarded to IFO Kaura Motors Nig. Restricted.
However justifying the funds, Zanaib famous that the President reserved the correct to take choices within the curiosity of Nigeria, insisting that “this was not the first time the country is providing such interventions to her neighbours.
“Let me just say that overtime, Nigeria has had to support her 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 Niger Republic, Cameroon or Chad.
“The President makes an assessment as to what is required based on the request of their Presidents. Such requests are approved and interventions are provided.
“It is to enhance their capacity to protect their countries, as it relates to security and also to Nigeria.”
She added that, “Nigerians have the rights to ask questions, but also the President has the responsibility to make an assessment of what is in the best interest of the country and I cannot question the decision myself.
“I have said this is not the first time that Nigeria as a country has provided an intervention to our neighbours. It is in the best interest of Nigeria to do so.”
Report had indicated that the President permitted about 10 quantity Toyota Land Cruiser autos to the Republic of Niger, however didn’t nonetheless, specify the aim for such approval.