Despite High Budget Deficit, Buhari Proposes N5.23bn To Renovate Villa


The Presidency has proposed N5.231,101,743 for general rehabilitation and repair of fixed assets in the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja in the 2022 Appropriation Bill submitted to a joint session of the National Assembly last week.

A study of the proposal showed that rehabilitation/repair of office buildings will gulp N5,176,045,297, while residential building will take N55,056,446 out of the N150,590,609,934 expected to be spent by the Presidency.

In the 2021 proposal, N4,854,381,299 was set aside for annual routine maintenance of mechanical/electrical installations in the Villa.

The ongoing construction of the presidential wing in the State House Medical Centre is expected to gulp N21,974,763,310.

According to the estimate, the ongoing phased replacement of vehicles and spares will cost N1.6bn compared to the N436m set aside for a similar purpose in the 2021 proposal.

About N180,089,000 is provided for purchase of tyres for bulletproof vehicles, plain cars, CCU vehicles, platform trucks, jeeps, ambulances and other utility and operational vehicles.

Last year, N116,194,297 was set aside for a similar purpose.

The replacement of Villa telecommunication infrastructure will take N400,000,000.

The 2022 budget proposal also shows that President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will spend N457,801,260 on foodstuff and catering materials as N301,138,860 and N156,662,400 has been set aside for the offices of president and the vice president.

Communications ministry to spend N939m on travels, salaries

About N938million will be spent on salaries and travel allowances of civil servants working in the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy in 2022, the estimates of the budget have shown.

This is from the N160.593billion total allocation to the ministry. Out of N160.5bn, N22.7bn was allotted to personnel cost, while overhead got N679.7m. About N137.2 will be expended on capital projects across the country.

However, the ministry’s headquarters got N85.2bn, out of which N938.179.428m will be spent on salaries and travel allowances of staff.

Staff salaries will gulp N898.1m while N40.1m will be spent on local and international travels by officials of the ministry.

Local travel and training got N17.8m, others got N17.5m, while international travels got N4.7m.

Credit: Daily Trust


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