Several intelligence agencies like the Department of Security Services, National Intelligence Agency, and Defence Intelligence Agency have seen their budgets slashed in the 2023 budget.
Shabban Sharada, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence, on Thursday disclosed this during a budget defence session.
He stated that the budget of the intelligence agencies has been slashed from N221.7 billion in 2022 to N195.18 billion in 2023.
Mr Sharada also appealed to the government to end the envelope budget system for intelligence agencies.
“It is instructive to note that the total budget for the intelligence community was slightly reduced from N221.7 billion in 2022 to N195.18 billion in 2023,” the lawmaker said.
In his speech, the National Security Adviser, Babangana Monguno said the recent onslaught against bandits and insurgents is traced to the intelligence supplied by the intelligence agencies.
He stated that the problem of insecurity in this century requires a different approach that requires intelligence.
Mr Monguno said: “In today’s context, we can only overcome this problem when we recognise the importance of intelligence as being the driver and propellant of all activities in a whole of society approach.”
He stressed: “President Muhammadu Buhari has the desire to hand over to whoever is going to inherit what he is working on right now — a safer Nigeria. It is true and I have to be very honest with you.”