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Buhari, Osinbajo to spend 3x more on int’l trips than local —2019 budget

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Excerpts from the 2019 budget have shown that President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will spend three times more on international travels than local trips.

According to the budget, N250,021,595 is proposed for the President’s local trips while N751,296,576 is mapped out for his international travels.

On the other hand, N83,974,710 was proposed for Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s local travel, while N217,060,883 was budgeted for his international trips.

It could be recalled that during his nearly four years as president, Buhari has embarked on 38 foreign trips but visited only 6 stated in Nigeria in official capacity.

Other budgetary proposals are:

  • foodstuff/catering materials supplies, N98,306,492 was budgeted for President Buhari and N50,888,218 for Osinbajo
  • N416,668,229 for the construction of the presidential wing of the State House Medical Centre
  • N823,441,666 for the State House Medical Centre, including drugs and medical supplies
  • N36, 787,354 for drugs and medical supplies, and N51,821,160 for medical expenses.
  • N1,030,458,453 for the State House clinic [recall that the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari criticised the medical centre for not having an “ordinary syringe.”

The breakdown, obtained by Punch Monday night, indicated that the entire State House was allocated N49.3bn for general services, covering capital, recurrent and overhead costs.

However, the President’s office was given a dedicated vote of N10bn for the running of his office, out of which N7.5bn went for operations.

To maintain presidential office buildings will cost N4.7bn this year.

Similarly, the President’s direct overhead cost is N1.3bn, while his capital spending will consume another N416.6m, bringing the total figure for “operations” alone to N1.7bn.

On his part, Osinbajo is to spend N591.8m on operations.

Out of the figure, N448.6m goes into overhead costs, while the balance of N143.2m will be spent on capital provisions under operations.

A further breakdown of the presidential budget showed that the Presidency would buy vehicles worth N607.1m this year.

Aside from the N4.7bn budgeted for the maintenance of office buildings, the Presidential residential buildings will be rehabilitated with another N140.4m.

The item titled ‘Refreshments/Meals’ has an allocation of N135.6m and an additional N25.6m, meaning a total N161.2m.

Similarly, a provision of N65.4m was made for the animals in the State House for their “conservation.

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