Nigeria: FG Budgets N16.6million As Rent For VP’s Residence – Premium Times

The Federal Government has earmarked a curious N16.64million as rent payable on the official residence of Vice President Namadi Sambo, although the president and his deputy are not known to pay rents for their official residences.

Details of overhead expenditures under the VP’s office as contained in the 2012 fiscal appropriation presented to the National Assembly last week indicates that the presidency would spend another N230.133million on the acquisition, upgrading and furnishing of the VP’s official guest house.

Over N1.06billion, comprising N500million for the construction and furnishing of the extension of the same VP lounge, and another N560million for the construction of official quarters for the VP’s director of protocol (DOP), aide de camp (ADC) and security chief, was provided for in the 2011 budget for the same Aguda house.

Another sum of N116.733million has been provided in this year’s budget for installation of universal power system (UPS) facilities at the VP’s residence, while about N108million has been budgeted for the provision of communication equipment at the VP’s guest house along with the presidential villa and Dodan Barracks, Marina.

Other expenses to be incurred by the VP during the year include N20.80million for plant/generator fuel cost, and N10.40million for maintenance of plants/generators, as against N54.33million and N15.216million respectively by the president.

Also, the Presidency is to spend about N203.88million for the construction/provision of electricity at the villa during the year, in addition to about N85.21million electricity charges and another N168.72million provided in the budget for fuel and general lubricants.

Extension of power supply to the state house central store is to gulp N35.9million; extension of UPS power source to presidential guest house No. 7 at the Villa for N57.43million; overhauling of two power house generator sets for N127.5million as well as the rehabilitation of villa transformer sub-station for N101.67million.

About N957.098million has equally been set aside to take care of miscellaneous expenses, including refreshment and meals, N293.696million; honorarium and sitting allowance, N173.75million; publicity and advertisements, N77.56million; medical expenses, N84.3million; postages and courier services, N14.06million as well as welfare packages, N285.14million.

The presidency is expected to pay for its subscription to professional bodies with about N7.092million provided in the budget for the purpose, while about N21.485million will cater for its sporting activities

The provision for general utilities include N56.48million for telephone charges; N42.94million for water rates and N80.8million for leased communication lines(s).

  1. Boilochan Reply

    I’m not going to lie, i always felt that for a ruielotvon/change to occur in Nigeria, violence is/was necessary. Unlike Galadima, my caveat would be that “we need to execute the military officers/political elite who have embezzled funds in Nigeria, are guilty of human rights violation and so on”. Because i feel like no matter how much we “pray/fast”, these people will continue to influence policies and commit all sorts of despicable acts. Hence, we need to execute them. Radical but hey…It’s not like they care about the hungry/dying families or children that can afford healthcare, have access to a good education..But after reading your well articulated argument, i’m beginning to have a re-think about that. I guess it always helps to see it from another perspective. Thanks…Come to think about it, it’s scary to think of the atrocities that our so-called leaders will commit all in the name of a “ruielotvon” if violence breaks out (pray it never does). Also, i know it’s become redundant, but we really need a grassroots movement in Nigeria where people feel involved/engaged in the political process (we believe that our vote counts, we want to make it count, we are willing to die for our country). I strongly believe that it will help create a sense of oneness amongst us Nigerians and the country. We would actually care about what happens to our motherland..I keep praying for that day…At least it’s beginning to happen..That’s the first step…Sorry for being long-winded…

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