LAGOS, (Xinhua) --
The Nigerian government decision to utilize one
billion U.S. dollars from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) for
security was not a political one but meant to strengthen the
country’s security apparatus, a state governor said Tuesday.
Dickson, the governor of oil rich Bayelsa, was reacting to the
controversy surrounding the approval given during the last
National Economic Council (NEC) meeting when he addressed
reporters in Abuja.
Governors from Nigeria’s 36 states approved the withdrawal from
the account by the federal government to be used in the ongoing
fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast.
a decision taken in good fate to support our security services,
to strengthen our national security and enhance operations in
the interest of everybody else,” he added.
not a political issue and I thought that I should say that, but
the details of what we would do and say and the clarifications
will come at the end of the meeting of the governors,” he said.
According to him, the governors would meet later in the day to
fine tune how to move the matter further, noting that there was
a lot of unnecessary controversy on the approval in the media.
are issues of national security and I think that we leaders must
be circumspect in terms of creating controversies on issues of
national security,” he added.
duty is to collaborate among ourselves, collaborate with the
Federal Government on two critical issues of national security
and issues of the economy, and that is what the NEC does,” he
Excess Crude Account had a balance of 2.317 billion dollars as
at December 13, 2017, according to official data.