Presidency wants N91m for landscaping, half a billion for car park,… in 2013

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

The Presidency has requested for N91 million for landscaping and other related matters in the State House, according to a breakdown of the 2013 budget.

President Goodluck Jonathan last week presented the estimates to the National Assembly for consideration.

Of the N91 million, N25,925,045 is for landscaping of the new residence of the Vice President, N20,110,300 for landscaping/service of veterinary and N45m for landscaping, drainage and access road of the State House Medical Centre (SHMC).

The Presidency is also asking for over half a billion (N550,949,502) to construct a new visitor’s car park, a zoo and a slaughter slab in Abuja.

The Auditor General of the Federation is asking for N180 million to acquire one Toyota Camry and 18 Toyota Hilux vans.

A new Toyota Hilux costs about N4,320,000 and 18 of these will translate to N77,760,000.

The Auditor General plans to spend N5.3 million to buy 50 fire extinguishers at N106,000 each; N7 million on 10 explosive detectors and N23 million on monitoring and evaluation of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) projects.

The Presidency is also asking for N475 million to build a visitor’s car park at the state house (opposite the pilot gate).

There are plans to build a N60,600,300 zoo and a N15,349,202 slaughter slab at Aguda House, the official home of the Vice President.

Under code 23030117, The Presidency is asking the National Assembly to approve N57 million for “API bulk SMS gateway for 36 states to reach 10 million people”.

Another N75 million is budgeted for “the rehabilitation of recreational facilities at the main residency”, that is, the official residence of the President.

The Presidency got N15,365,167 this year for landscaping at the Villa’s veterinary unit, but next year, the bill is expected to hit N20,110,300.

Similarly in 2012, the National Assembly approved N6,146,066 this year for the landscaping, drainage and access road to the State House Medical Centre (SHMC). In 2013, the Presidency plans to spend N45 million for the same purpose.

The Federal Government is favouring the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (N1,571,448,455) and the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD – N1,465,764,961) with more budgetary allocation than it wants for the National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (NACA) N1, 286,536,856.

The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) wants N1,787,671,151 under its monitoring and evaluation programme, to spend on privatisation transactions.

The National Assembly is to get N150 billion for the 2013 fiscal year, according to the estimate.

The government also budgeted N72.246 billion for the Universal Basic Education (UBE).

This programme is the third consecutive year that the sum of N150 billion is being set aside for the National Assembly, for its capital and recurrent expenditure.

The amount represents about three per cent of N4.92 trillion Budget.

The National Assembly has always maintained that its budgetary allocation is meant to take care of salaries and allowances of members, the National Assembly bureaucracy, the National Legislative Institute, salaries and allowances of legislative aides and others.

The 2013 budgetary estimate did not give the breakdown of the National Assembly’s allocation.

Apart from the National Assembly and UBE, other statutory tranfers include the National Judicial Council N67 billion, Niger-Delta Development Commission N57, 424 billion, Independent National Electoral Commission N32 billion and National Human Rights Commission N1.350 billion.

The Nation

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