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2021 Budget: Nigeria’s president, vice demand for N3.2bn for travels despite economic recession alarm


The President, Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has budgeted a total of N3.2 billion for travels in 2021 despite the economic recession alarm.


This is according to the 2021 budget proposal submitted to the National Assembly by the President on Thursday.


According to the details of the budget released on Friday by the Budget Office of the Federation, President Buhari proposes to spend N2.426 billion on local and international travels in 2021.


Of the amount, 1.651 billion is budgeted for foreign travels while 775.602 million is earmarked for local trips.


The sum of 4.135 billion is budgeted for State House operations.


In the Vice President’s office, a total of N1.079 billion is budgeted for State House operations out of which N801.035 million is proposed for local and international travels.


The Prof Osinbajo’s office is also billed to spend  N517.060 million on international travels, and another N283.974 million on local trips.


For foodstuffs, catering materials, refreshments and meals the offices of the President, Vice President, Chief of Staff and Chief Security Officer to the resident are asking for  N582,592,638.


The operational hub of the Villa, the State House Headquarters, is seeking an allocation of N12.306 billion.


The sum of N7.728 billion is for capital expenditure out of which N5.244 billion would be utilised for the rehabilitation and repair of office buildings, and N436.264 million for the purchase of motor vehicles.


Wildlife conservation will gulp N51.465 million; fuel and lubricants N132.199 million (motor vehicle fuel cost, N67.950 million; Plant/generator fuel cost N45.678 million); and sporting activities, N 30.187 million.


N350 billion is expected to be spent on recurrent expenditure under special intervention programmes.


Next year, the government plans to contribute N30 billion to international organisations.


Just like in previous years, N2.3 billion is budgeted for the payment of entitlements of former presidents/heads of states and vice presidents/chief of general staff.


Also in the budget, the benefits of retired heads of service, permanent secretaries and professors would gulp N4.502 billion.


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