Governors Contribute to Insecurity, they’ve Diverted Security Votes to Pocket Money — Ngige


Former Anambra governor and ex-minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has criticized state governors for the misuse of security funds, blaming their actions for the prevailing insecurity across Nigeria.

Ngige, speaking at the Ojoto Ofala Festival in Anambra, accused governors of treating security votes as “pocket money,” diverting them from their intended purpose and contributing to the ongoing security crisis.

Ngige emphasized that security votes are meant to be utilized by state governors to enhance security within their respective states. He expressed concern that some governors erroneously view these funds as personal money, diverting them away from stabilizing security and hindering economic activities.

He stated, “Security votes are meant to be spent by state governors to stabilise security in their different states.

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“They are not pocket money, but some governors have converted them to personal money.

“Security is like information, publicity; when you are spending money on publicity, you won’t see it; it is not tangible, but you will see the effect. If you put stability in your security, you will see prosperity following it because there will be economic activities.

“Insecurity has made economic activities to be destabilised in the Southeast zone in the past 18 months, coupled with the sit-at-home; and all these activities by non-state actors who hide under the camouflage of Nnamdi Kanu to perpetrate criminality,” Ngige disclosed.