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“We Need More Money for Food at Aso Rock” Presidency tells Senate that N1.3billion for Refreshment & Meals is Insufficient



When President Goodluck Jonathan presented the 2013 budget, it was followed by an outrage over the large amount of money allocated to refreshment, meals and  other miscellaneous expenses in the State House. Nigerians complained that the money allocated for such expenses was too much and requested that it be cut down.

Evidently, the Presidency did not heed to this outcry. On Wednesday 21st November, 2012, the Presidency asked the Senate to increase the N1, 305, 292, 050 set aside in the 2013 budget for refreshment and meals and other miscellaneous expenses in the State House.

A breakdown of the Miscellaneous sub-head in the Presidential Villa’s budget shows that N203,752,432 was allocated for refreshment and meals; N107,412,768 would be spent on honorarium and sitting allowance while N37, 277,825 will be for publicity and advertisement.

Channels TV reports that the State House Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Ogbile, who appeared before the Senator Dahiru Kuta-led Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs gave a further breakdown of the 2013 State House budget as thus: Medical expenses (N50,308,546); Postage and courier services (N10,035,583); Welfare packages (N195,066,223); Subscription to professional bodies (N4,589,793); and Sporting activities (N32,910,730).

According to him, Overtime will gulp, N250,455,589; Feeding of animals including animal supplements for the veterinary clinic (N30,584,144); Summit/ Extra ordinary sessions including the UN, African Union, ECOWAS, and so on (N228,112,862); and NYSC, IT, LOCUM, Housemanship and contract staff allowance (N144,788,555).

Mr Ogbile said: “I have taken pains to explain that this money is not just to fund the residence of the President and that of the Vice President. The experience I have had is that this fund is grossly insufficient. It is not even enough.”

The Permanent Secretary noted that “it is also from the budget of N1.305 billion that we take care of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) which holds every Wednesday.”

What are your thoughts on the extra funds requested by the Presidency for refreshment and meals?

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. Miss Tm

    November 23, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Oh I read this in the papers 2days ago and I couldnt stop laughung.T

  2. Miss Tm

    November 23, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Oops I was looking the other wy and clicked on the wrong button.As I was saying I read this and found it annoying.I magine how much the claimed to have been spending on feeding dogs in the villa. This migt sound stupid but how many dogs do you need as pets or for security when you have men of the for guarding your house and cant the dogs eat the same thing you eat without it affecting the budget? I cant even remember the figure spent on feeding the dogs but I know it was a ridiculous figure as I shouted when I saw it. Naija when will all these stop? People die of poverty everyday yet you spend millions or rather billions (or steal the money) instead of using the money for things that will benefit thee masses

  3. Nuella

    November 23, 2012 at 6:58 am

    What am I reading?????????

  4. Nana

    November 23, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I’m at a loss for words

  5. tezy

    November 23, 2012 at 7:30 am

    travesty!! only in Nigeria, please what kind of food are they eating there are diamonds used to garnish the food.

  6. nita

    November 23, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Na wah! Jonathan can use his money to supplement if it is not enof! I am trying hard nt to be angry…pple r dying of lack of food in dis country n ….anyway, mk dem do wentin dem like

  7. Miss jay

    November 23, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Even if the funds are insufficient which I doubt, they should manage it like Nigerians are doing, how dare they come out and ask for more funds? When the average Nigerian is living in abject poverty, what happened to managing resources and make sacrifices for the people, this people should go and take a course on governance or get off that seat and give it to someone who knows how to take care of its country.

  8. zayt

    November 23, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Insensitive leaders! When poverty and starvation is killing ordinary nigerians every day they are spending over N30m for animals and vet clinic seriously?!! what kind of animals are in the house? hisss.
    And is it gucci rice and louis vuitton beans they are eating????? wonders shall never end!!!

  9. juju

    November 23, 2012 at 8:55 am

    did u guyz nt c d one abt courier, 10 m, nd 50 m for medical xpenses ahhhhhh! 9jerians we r in troubl, wht if we did nt have enuf money for dz kind of budget, infact i thin smethin fishy is goin on he, WHY DO DEY KEEP MAKING DZ PARTICULAR HEADLINE NEWS, MY BEST GUESS IS TO COVER UP REAL WAY THEY R STILL MONEY WHY OCCUPYING THE MIND OF HARD WORKING NIGERIANS…..mschewwwww

  10. juju

    November 23, 2012 at 8:58 am

    think” here” stealing ”
    occupying the minds of hard workin nigerians wt dz news.

  11. ArabianPrincess

    November 23, 2012 at 9:19 am

    and to think I have a paid job at hand and a presentation to finish? How did I get here? Even my employer sef no fit buy dog no to talk of melecine for malaria…oshisco!!!

  12. pynk

    November 23, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Ewu they are busy feeding dogs and animals. This is why Nigeria will never progress everybody is looking for where to pilfer.

    • Naijagovtnacompletejoke

      November 23, 2012 at 10:12 am

      So dog no be animal again? LOL anyways na ole all of them be, i pray that they shall all die from the food that they are eating in Jesus name-AMEN

  13. TallChica

    November 23, 2012 at 9:27 am

    They all need to go on a diet and learn preventative medicine. Is Emeril Lagasse their chef? Mtchew.

  14. wowzer

    November 23, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Sad! Very very sad! but i blame we the citizens. We have chosen to watch them do all this. If we could start a revolution, things will change. Look at how Jonathan became afraid of us during Occupy Nigeria. He never imagined people will protest. He was so scared, he declared Lagos a State of Emergency and sent soldiers to disrupt the peaceful protests. If such a small protest could frighten the govt, imagine how scared they would be if we rose up as a nation and fought for our rights. But we sit and blame govt. God help us.

  15. Hmmm

    November 23, 2012 at 10:48 am

    This is painful.

  16. tosin o

    November 23, 2012 at 11:20 am

    One word …… OLE!!!!!

  17. the effing truth

    November 23, 2012 at 11:30 am

    ebele should warn himself…1.3 ko 2.5 to the fifth power ni. this idiot has some balls. he should spend some of that money on adult education for his illiterate wife. ode oshi..the most oniranu president Nigeria has ever had.

  18. Bambino

    November 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

    President,u have enough to eat,what u all need in aso rock is a gym.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      November 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm


  19. Tessa

    November 23, 2012 at 11:45 am

    He is not serious
    Millions of Nigerians are suffering and he need billions for food.
    He is so not serious!

  20. Chester

    November 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Why dont they eat cassava bread?

  21. Jo

    November 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    This is why they are all look swollen and greasy like puff puff in their traditional attire. Dem dey chop all these food yet, they don’t do shit! Food is simply sustaining their asses to run Nigeria down…But the Jah that I serve will not let these heaux hold us back.

  22. O

    November 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Since the masses are managing!p, they should learn to manage too.
    Cut your coat according to your size.
    We are a DEVELOPING country so our government should live like leaders of a developing nation.

  23. AW

    November 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    What is he eating? Gold?

  24. iamfascinating

    November 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm

  25. passerby

    November 23, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Nigeria is just a funny country. Like seriously?

  26. Zee

    November 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    And the dogs oh,and all the “committees” said to be hosted in the state house,must they eat? can’t they say “oh,let’s help the presidency reduce cost by not letting them spend this money”? Is it every where you go to that you eat? Awon onijekuje,oniranu…rubbish!!!

  27. Eggie

    November 26, 2012 at 6:06 am

    When I read this article, I was overwhelmed with sadness. 60 per cent of the Nigerian populace survive on less than $1 per day and the government is trying to justify the ridiculous amount budgeted. N30m to feed animals? Who does that? What we need in this country is a revolution.

  28. jyde

    November 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    wHEN I DIE.I want to come back and be a dog at ASO ROCK. God hear my prayers.

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