Outrage over N2 Billion Approved for New Home for Vice President, Namadi Sambo | FCT Minister Defends Allocation

Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 6:27 AM

By Adeola Adeyemo

Last week, the Federal Executive Council approved the sum of N2.2 billion for the construction of a 150-seater banquet hall at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. This news was greeted with a public outcry, with Nigerians raising their voices against the extravagant sum approved for new banquet hall.

While Nigerians are still contesting that approval and demanding that it should be reversed, another outrageous one has been thrown in our faces. This time, it is the N2 billion that was approved for the construction of a home for the Vice President, Namadi Sambo and other huge amounts for homes for senior government officials.

According to Punch, apart from the N2 billion provision for the construction of the official residence of Sambo, N300 million  has been earmarked for the designing and construction of the residences of the President of the Senate, David Mark; his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu; the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal; and his deputy, Emeka Ihedioha.

Although the approval for the project has been made since 2009, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, defended the allocations when he appeared before the Senate Committee on the FCT on Tuesday.

 Explaining why the building of a residence for the Vice President was considered a priority in Nigeria despite the magnitude of problems facing the citizens of the country, the Ex-minister of the FCT, Adamu Aliero had said, “The Vice-President is staying in a guest house meant for visiting heads of state.

It is not right, it is not befitting for the Vice-President. The former administration decided to give the house of the Vice-President to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, which was in line with what was contained in the Abuja master plan.

It became imperative for us to provide accommodation for the Vice-President. The Vice-President has no accommodation; certainly you will agree with me that it is unbecoming for any government not to provide accommodation for its Vice-President. We will now embark on the construction of a befitting residence for the vice-president.”

The new official residence, to be situated in the Presidential Villa in the Three Arms Zone, Abuja, is being handled by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc and is to be completed in 20 months.

Yet another outrageous amount spent in a country saddled with unemployment and poor standard of living for many of its citizens.

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  • 19 Comments on “Outrage over N2 Billion Approved for New Home for Vice President, Namadi Sambo | FCT Minister Defends Allocation”

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    • faith December 5, 2012 at 6:51 AM

      As he doesn’t have a home, I agree dat he should b given 1 but d amount for building it way too high…

    • luqman December 5, 2012 at 6:54 AM

      Here we go again, i don’t seems to understand the logic behind the flamboyant lifestyle our Govt officials are living when the majority are living in abject poverty. I have never seen this kind of administration in my life whereby all what they know is just to squander money, we are still on the issue of $30B subsidy money being squandered by these hoodlums within 2yrs of Jonathan dispensation while masses were complaining bitterly, they can do whatever they know how to do best but a day will come whereby people would have nothing to eat and they will start eating those predators.

      Jonathan for 2015! Jonathan for 2015!!

    • deekan December 5, 2012 at 8:25 AM

      whats happening in this country? only God can save Nigeria o. Greedy bastards!

      • Renegade December 5, 2012 at 11:22 AM

        God will not save Nigeria because Nigerians don’t want Nigeria to be saved.If Nigerians want GOD’s help they should vote for the right leaders.It is simple common sense not rocket science.

    • adeyeye adeyemi benson December 5, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      God bless nigeria, all we knw dat we don’t ave good leader in nigeria is’t paradise he want to build 2bilion not million nd some people die becuase of scacity of food, petrol, kerosine, ligth there’s know remedy for dis may God give us a good leadership in nigeria, amen.

    • oluchy December 5, 2012 at 10:01 AM

      ITS A PITY.

    • Ikenna11 December 5, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      I have since grown a thick skin regarding the affairs of Nigeria. Much as it may hurt to read (daily) about about these largesse of people in ”government” in Nigeria, as heart breaking as it is, I have tried as best as I can to ignore them, knowing that the nation and her people – me included – save for a cataclysmic occurrence which will shake her to the very foundations, will keep wallowing in sheers wickedness, greed, crime, ignorance and other vices. We all love our dear nation (no denying that) but our individual actions have collectively brought us to where we are today – a nation of people who have no iota of conscience in their hearts. May God help us.

    • Tasha December 5, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      The question is where did Atiku live while he was vice president? where did Jonathan live when whe was vice president and where the hell was Namadi Sambo living for the past 19months? Suddenly he needs an accomodation.*he doesn’t look homeless to me *

    • Cjay December 5, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Another clear case of robbing Peter to pay Paul…

    • ij December 5, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      i feel like we are constantly being raped for lack of a better word by the govt because they have become so shameless in their looting , as in their priorities are so misplaced its mind boggling.
      It must be heartbreaking, gut wrenching, as in soul destroying especially for those people who are still struggling day to day for a simple meal , a place to sleep , for people who are dieing mindlessly every second, people who are jobless, running into depressing , stressed, frustrated, isolated.
      They are on the billions level now, no more millions, the billions they are throwing up and down for SENSELESS things that dont benefit the country ,should be used for major developments of infrastructures that will serve the whole country and not just a few God forsaken people . In fact the govt is not only terminally ill but they are already at the hospice .
      i just dont know how people who are still patriotic do it ,i really dont know , what hope are they clinging on to? i just dont see it. It is unreal that there are even justifications for such spending

    • OLA December 5, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      GREAT PEOPLE GREAT NATION….

      http://www.gistyinka.com

    • Agbaya December 5, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      Rubbish, and they would still justify their outrageous embezzlement…
      So where will the Vice President live in the next 20 months? since thats how long it will take Julius Berger to complete the new home, 20months from now is 2014, his 4-yr tenure in government would be winding up na.
      Liars, if he truly didnt have a home, why should it be one that takes a long time to complete they want to build,
      God have mercy on us,and our people are living in hunger and extreme deprivation, its an eyesaw’

    • cathy December 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      They will all pay for their wickedness one way or the other.

    • Princess December 5, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      Johnathan and his cabinet are all unintelligent fools, there is only so much d Nigerian people can take

    • pynk December 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      they keep repeating the same bloody budget over and over. Construct a damn residence for the person and keep all VPS in the same residence. When your tenure is over, move the hell out.

    • isaid!! December 5, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Is anyone surprised? You know, the day our government starts taking the citizens of this country seriously, is actually the day i will become surprised in Nigeria!!

    • ruth December 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      welcome to Nigeria a country whr its citizens r nt priority,there is always a reason whether it mks sense 2 us or not 4 every act of greed/extravagance.its very sad.

    • Agbaya December 5, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      Rubbish, and they would still justify their outrageous embezzlement…
      So where will the Vice President live in the next 20 months? since thats how long it will take Julius Berger to complete the new home, 20months from now is 2014, his 4-yr tenure in government would be winding up na.
      Liars, if he truly didnt have a home, why should it be one that takes a long time to complete they want to build,
      God have mercy on us,and our people are living in hunger and extreme deprivation, its an eyesaw’

    • Ides of March December 5, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      “What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave-diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable.” -Marx