FG To Give Former Presidents, Heads Of State Cars Worth N400 Million

FG To Give Former Presidents, Heads Of State Cars Worth N400 Million

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal, has disclosed that N400 million has been budgeted for the purchase of vehicles for former presidents and heads of state.

The SGF said yesterday, that they are entitled to brand new vehicles every four years.

He also disclosed that the allowances for former presidents has been sufficiently covered in the 2017 budget, although it was not openly budgeted for in the Appropropriation Bill. 

The SGF said this when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs, to defend his office’s budget, following insistence of members of the panel for him to so do. 

The SGF, who was billed to appear before the committee last week, said his absence was because he went to condole with bereaved families, particularly that of the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, over the loss of his first wife.  She was buried last weekend.

The meeting between the SGF and the committee, which lasted over 45 minutes, was presided over by the chairman, Senator Tijjani Kaura.

Giving a brief on the 2017 budget proposal of his office, Lawal said his office proposed N9.8 billion for the year. 

Out of the said amount, he said N3,408,763,591, was proposed for payment of personnel costs; N3,781,628,226 for overheads, a figure which shows an increase of N2 billion compared to 2016 appropriation. 

According to the SGF, the amount proposed for overheads would be used for funding the activities and programmes of other offices headed by the permanent secretaries in the OSGF, and activities and programmes of political office holders, such as special advisers and senior special assistants to the president. 

Lawal said his office also budgeted N2,692,391,118 for capital projects for the year 2017.

He lamented that funds appropriated to his office, in the 2016 budget, was grossly inadequate to meet some of the responsibilities of the office.

In their separate responses, members of the committee, agreed with Lawal that the 10 per cent released by the Ministry of Finance for his office, in 2016, was insufficient, particularly, against the backdrop of what was proposed. 

The amount, which according to them was insufficient, was indication that there was a problem between the budget office and ministry of Finance that needed to be tackled. 

Committee chairman, Kaura described Lawal’s request for increased funding as “justified,” and noted that the  meeting was “aimed at understanding, better, the performance of previous budget and proposal of this year’s budget.”

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6 Comments

  1. NONSENCE gov’t your people are dieing of hunger and starvation yet you never see any need to tackle the issue… but you plan the buy ex-presidents new cars… people you know they can even afford private jet if they want to.. NONSENCE making the rich richer and the poor poorer. What a government.

  2. This government are so selfish, pple are suffering and during of hunger and they are here ducussing and talking about brand new cars every four months and allowance… psoooo FG some pple just need jobooo

  3. Does any of these people really need or deserve this largesse? Each of them is responsible in part for the mess the nation is in, and none of them can particularly be said to be living in penury. They all still draw huge pensions, even the ones who corruptly enriched themselves.

  4. Buhari , are you talking about spending as much as over 400 million naira on super rich ex presidents , we all knew were the same people responsible for the misfortune and the sorry state of the federation ? Buhari , does it mean that the almost 30 million naira they all collect every month as pension , is not more than enough to buy or do whatever they want ? General Buhari , at a time your government is daily seen as a failure to millions in the country , at a time you and your government have not been able to deliver on your electoral promises , should this be one of your priorities ? No wonder , that you would eventually be impeached !

  5. The government is only implementing the law made by ur “representatives” in the National Assembly, so the least u could do is to get those ur “representatives” to amend the law as appropriate, instead of just staying there and be wailing!

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