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Outrage over 2013 Budget: Find Out how many Millions the President, Vice President & Ministries would Spend on Food & Refreshments in 2013!



President Goodluck Jonathan unveiled a N4.93 trillion budget to the National Assembly for the 2013 fiscal year only last week and it is already causing some heated debates across the country.

This is particularly in the area of expenses on food, refreshment and welfare for the state house headquarters, the Vice President and other ministries. Nigerians have complained that the millions of naira allocated to welfare is simply outrageous. For instance, the state house headquarters is to spend N406, 738,969 to purchase food stuff in 2013. This puts the amount at N1,114,353.34 daily on food stuff. Similarly, the Vice President Namadi Sambo would spend N112,500,000 to purchase food in 2013 which puts the amount at N308,219.18 to be spent daily on food.

Here is a breakdown of some budgetary allocations on food, welfare, fueling and maintenance of generators as reported by Vanguard:

State House Headquarters will in 2013 spend N327,154,931 on refreshment and meals and N406, 738,969 to purchase food stuff, just as Vice President Namadi Sambo would spend N112,500,000 to purchase food for the 2013 fiscal year.

According to the 2013 budget details, to fuel generators in the State House headquarters, the Presidency will spend N72,510,832 while N553, 056,411 will be for honorarium and sitting allowance.

The total allocation to the Presidency stands at N35,545,673,132, with total personnel put at N11,476,593,929; total overhead is N11,569,079,204, with total recurrent put at N23,045,673,132 and total capital stands at N12,500,000,000.

According to the budget breakdown, Vice President Sambo will spend N123,405,499 on refreshment and N7,020,750 to purchase cooking gas, just as State House headquarters plans to spend N14,471,035,290, with N1,510,196,776 on personnel; N7,476,942,494 as overhead, while total recurrent stands at N8,987,137,260 and total capital is N5,483,896,030.

The State House headquarters also plans to spend N195,066,223 on welfare packages and N6,400,000 for cooking gas.

According to the budget breakdown, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which plans to spend N9,328,155,023 in the year 2013, will purchase a land for N2,000,000,000, while its uniforms and other clothing will gulp N24,160,048; maintenance of generators will cost N8,629,595, clearing and fumigation will cost N5,370,011; Honorarium and sitting allowance will take N17,087,106 and to fuel vehicles, the Commission plans to spend N31,976,146 while fuelling generators will cost N74,341,739.

Also in the 2013 budget breakdown, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison- Madueke, plans to spend N60,834,291,536 this year, just as water pollution prevention and control would gulp N1,200,731,099, with N22,525,507 for the fuelling of generators and N25,036,076 to maintain the generators.

According to the breakdown, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources will spend N50,583,648,005 as personnel cost, N1,850,643,531 as overhead, N52,334,291,536 for recurrent and N8,500,000,000 as total capital.

Also, the Minister of Niger Delta, Elder Godsday Orubebe, plans to spend N26,226,833 on refreshment and meals while security will gulp N305,000,889, just as the total allocation to the ministry for the year 2013 stands at N63,392,377,074, with N913,207,171 for personnel cost, overhead cost is N1,475,169,903; total recurrent is N2,392,377,074 and N61,000,000 as total capital estimate.

The ministry also plans to spend N24,955,661 to fuel vehicles, N21,015,293 to fuel generators and honorarium and sitting allowance will be N44,363,766.

The amount to be spent on fueling and maintaining generators is particularly noteworthy:

Petroleum Resources: N25,036,293 for maintenance and 22,525,507 for fueling.
EFCC: 8,629,595 for maintenance, 74,341,739 for fueling.
Niger Delta: 21,015,293 for fueling.
State House: 72,510,832 for fueling.
Total = N224,059,259.

Although it is expected that at the end of the year (2013) all the unspent funds should be returned to treasury, it still doesn’t excuse the fact that these amounts are simply outrageous. Or am I the only one that thinks so?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Ginika

    October 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    choi…. how many people live in the presidential head quarters biko, is it half od Nigeria’s population?

    When some people are spending as little as N 10 000.00 or so on food per month.

    • Ginika

      October 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Why cant our president or the vice be like the Ukrainian president who drives a VW beetle and probably eats normal food like us and not crystallised beans grown on Mars with special abilities.

  2. koa006

    October 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Goodluck Egghead Jonathan

    • Gold digger

      October 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm


  3. nems

    October 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    With the money Nigeria makes in OIL daily, this is not outrageous. What is outrageous is how a country with so MUCH money will budget to spend a ridiculous amount of money on fueling generators when they can just invest in constant ELECTRICITY.

  4. person pikin

    October 16, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Gucci beans, LV yams, Vivienne westwood rice, Micheal Kors tomatoes, Christian Dior onions, YSL tatashe….. this list is on mehn!!!

  5. ayetoro kan

    October 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    awon ole! wobia wonbiliki! thats pretty outrageous! and yet you have citizens that cant even afford a days meal! a yo le fun won *smh* .bn team please post my comment

  6. Conductor

    October 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I am weak in the knees. What blatant corruption?

  7. Whoa

    October 16, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Tiff, OLE, BARAWO!!!

  8. Noms

    October 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    OUTRAGEOUS is an understatement. This is why they do anything to get into power becos of all this “thief thief” mentality. With all the 1 million nairA per day food,we still had our mother who suffered or is still suffering from food poisoning. They shd remember that no man is above the wrath of God. If ABACHA isn’t enuf lesson to learn from then,i will tell my kids abt how they all ended cos i know it won’t be well. The children they are trying to steal for will squander everything,those their mansions will be be sold to us @chicken feed prices> and cause them pains thats if they are not already feeling the pains. We are watching …

  9. Lue

    October 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    CHAI!!!! for just one year?

  10. Tosin

    October 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I think we should write our own revised budget, not just complain but amend it. As a citizen of Nigeria, I propose: all food budgets above cut by 80%. I don’t think it’s possible to eat so much. What do you propose?

  11. Me

    October 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I’m very surprised we budget to service generators. whatever happened to building our plants to have steady power supply. Seriously, i do not know how this country would change. We need God’s intervention cos everyone is thinking of getting there just to enrich themselves. This has to stop, we must start to pray fervently for this country. God is not asleep.

  12. kingsley lawren

    October 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    this could probably b d reason why phcn nd d refineries re nt workin so that this game would b perpetuated.

  13. Oly

    October 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Na wa o, really l tire o. l can imagine the waste that they will allow since it is not the hard earned money so anything can go while some families do not know where the next meal will come out from. The whole budget shows how wasteful we are in this country. God help us cos l don’t know wat will happen the day the treasury will be empty, maybe they will go and borrow to satisfy their endless greed.

  14. debdara

    October 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    when the money for fueling generator is added to the budget there is no sign of regulating and providing constant electricity, our government has failed. buget for feeding is just too ridicuous.

  15. Wale

    October 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Awon Ole!

  16. Anehibaby

    October 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm


  17. MissShayee

    October 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Wow,such a lot of money to be spent on food and liabilities. Imagine if we had constant power supply,how much we would save on fueling and maintenance? What is the basis for drawing up this kind of budget? who draws it up? How can they defend it? And we keep spending less on capital expenditure and that’s where we should increase spending if we want to stimulate growth and development in Nigeria.

  18. vanesa

    October 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    My heart bleeds for this budget,from the fuel allocations to feeding allowances.Now i see why naija will never have constant power supply when the leaders live oin comfy houses with 24 hrs light how will they remember the much food are they eating that requires 300k a day even if u were using a cow ,bag of rice etc its still not up to,refreshments haba uncle GEJ small small .

  19. Winifred

    October 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    hw do we get rid of this man we call a president of Nigeria????????

    • Soraya

      October 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Very easy- all the people of Nigeria should come out en-masse and demonstrate peacefully- we will stay out on the streets until Jonathan capitulates- that is the only way we can bring down a government- the Arabs did the same, so why can’t we? Meanwhile, boko haram wants to remove Jonathan by violent means but the guy doesn’t seem to care as he is still there and it is ordinary Nigerians who are dying so that Jonathan can continue to remain in power- the three major tribes are holding our country to ransom and attempting to strangle it by all means, all in a bid to ensure that power remains in their hands only

    • Tosin

      October 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      I am not for removing the president – he was elected and the best thing is order and law to prevail. I did not occupy nada in January and I am proud of that decision, because I believe in subsidy removal. I also believe in slashing wasteful spending and I promise to be near the front of a protest against this budget. Let’s occupy again then. What we want is the budget to change from consumption to investment – in industry, agric, health, education. We want the budget to be spent on the 99.99 percent of Nigerians and our future, not wasted on the few public servants. But if there’s no protest, hey, life goes on. Suffer suffer 🙂

  20. Kay

    October 16, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    One day we will fight for ourselves in such a way that everybody we have his or her own gun and flight for themselves…………this is not the first time we have been reading something like this when time come we will fight it together

  21. O

    October 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Nigerians we need to wake up! We got up for occupy Nigeria and we got something from that (even if it wasn’t as much as we expected)! The government must feel like they are untouchable! They are confident enough to show us the crap they are using the country’s resources for. Next week they’ll put out a press release that they are borrowing money from God knows what country. Africa’s “Giant” spending N224,059,259 on fueling and maintaining generators! In a country where crude oil is produced? Next thing Goodluck will come on national T.V to tell us he doesn’t give damn! It is about time we start to give a damn ourselves because the only thing giving these people the audacity is the fact that they are sure we will just sit back and watch them while they squeeze us dry!

  22. Concerned Native

    October 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    okay i understand all of you frustration, but nigerians, especially the youth, you ppl allow this to happen. Impeach these negros. ah-ah. If only the minds of some of our youths werent as corrupt as that of the leaders things can be demanded and be done. I feel that We should just do what ghana did to their corrupt leaders, as we see it made ghana better. Nigerian youths this is your future, yo0ur fatherland stand up and do something about it, and dont take bribe money to shut up. And to the celebs you need to speak up for these youths that cannot speak for themselves, if you dont know it you celebs have more control over the youths attention than any politician, so get to work and do your public service!! And by the way calling them thieves will not stop them, because as we know there are people who have to approve this budget and it is up to them to speak up, and them we shall judge. Another thing i will say is that it should be made mandatory that if the government dont stop giving allowances to its politicians and officials, there would be no nigeria for the future.

  23. e-bukun

    October 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Ole lo ma koba yin…ahn ahn!!! what rubbish?

  24. CEO

    October 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Of course they need all that money for food. Look at their waist line. all of them, cases of heart attack waiting to happen. have u seen Patience Dame’s waist line? Thats where the freaking money is going to. and they are flying abroad for health issues.

    How much does it cost to build and maintain a refinery again? Gosh! I’m so mad I can’t even say anything.

  25. dini

    October 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    MY GOD 🙁

  26. Naveah

    October 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    OLE ooooooooooooooooooo OLE!!!

  27. lol

    October 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm


    • Kel

      October 17, 2012 at 1:09 am

      Punishment no be small, Wetin this God go Judge don plenty oooooooooooooo. It will take a century to judge this leaders.

  28. Le Dynamique Professeur

    October 16, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    My query is simple; instead of spending that huge sum of money on fueling generators, why can’t the government spend that money on the National power and energy sector? To me, that is what is outrageous. The potentials and promises of our economy is still buried in the inadequacies and inefficiencies of the energy and power sector. If we can get that sorted, we’ll automatically create wealth for the people and of course, many more possibilities will emerge from there.

    – LDP |

  29. Kel

    October 17, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I did not see how much they plan on using to help Nigerians who were displaced by the flood .The money spent on food can be used to provide free education and securing our future. God please send us another selfless leader like late Sam Mbakwe.

  30. Hadassah

    October 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Nigeria has been spending so much in running the government, this did not start with jonathan and it would definitely not end with him. God would help this country if indeed we decide

  31. faith

    October 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    am so weak n fustrated abt my country naija…

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