Despite recession, Buhari to spend highest amount to run presidential villa

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has allocated the highest amount ever to run the State House including the ‘presidential wing’ of a hospital the president seldom uses.

This is amidst Nigeria’s failing economy and the country may not have enough money to fund its 2021 budget.

Details of the assented 2021 budget have shown that Buhari will spend N17.3 billion this year to run the State House.

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About N3.4 billion of this approved expenditure will be spent on feeding and travel expenses for the offices of the president and the vice president. The former gets about N2.6 billion and the latter, about N873 million.

The N17.3 billion is the highest amount budgeted for running of the nation’s headquarters since Mr Buhari assumed office in 2015, comparison of the approved budget figures in those years show.

Last year, Nigeria’s administrative centre had N14.6 billion for its running. This was an increase from the N13.7 billion in 2019; N15.5 billion was allocated in 2018; in 2017, N13.6 billion was allocated; and N16.6 billion in 2016.

The breakdown of the allocation shows that the State House Headquarters and its medical centre will spend about N11.1 billion and N641.2 million on their activities respectively.

The president approved about N3.8 billion for his office, while N1.1 billion has been penned for the vice president’s office.

The office of the chief of staff to the president will run on a N76.6 million budget this year. The chief security officer, N357.9 million and the Lagos Liaison Office, N300.7 million.