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2017 Budget: Former Leaders to Get N400m for Vehicles

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PIC.3. FROM LEFT:FORMER VICE PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO; FORMER HEAD OF STATE, GEN. IBRAHIM BABANGIDA; FORMER HEAD OF STATE, GEN. ABDULSALAMI ABUBAKAR; FORMER HEAD OF INTERIM GOVERNMENT, CHIEF ERNEST SHONEKAN AND FORMER PRESIDENT OLUSEGUN OBASANJO.

Seven former heads of state and four former Vice Presidents and Chiefs of General Staff, will get new vehicles worth N400m in 2017.

This is part of the N9.882bn budgeted for the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation as contained in the 2017 Appropriation Bill before the National Assembly.

PUNCH reports that N280.099m was budgeted for the purchase of vehicles for seven former Presidents and Heads of State and N120.090m would be used to procure vehicles for four former Vice-Presidents and ex-Chiefs of General Staff.

The former Presidents/Heads of State are Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.); Olusegun ObasanjoShehu Shagari; Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd.); Ernest Shonekan; Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar (retd.); and Goodluck Jonathan.

The former Vice-Presidents/Chiefs of General Staff are Alex Ekwueme; Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (retd.); Gen. Oladipo Diya (retd.); Atiku Abubakar and Namadi Sambo.

The report stated that the number of vehicles and the brands for each of the former leaders were not included in the budget details.

The report added:

Apart from the leaders, the office of the SGF will also buy N32m vehicles for offices and units in the office.

The government will also spend a total of N170m on the nation’s Independence Day and Democracy Day celebrations.

While Nigeria’s Democracy Day holds every May 29, Independence Day holds every October 1.

Both ceremonies have not been marked lavishly since the inception of the present administration.

The office is also expected to spend N1.322bn on the procurement and installation of security system across selected Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

The number of MDAs that will benefit from the procurement is not disclosed in the details.

The office will also spend N104.586m on what it called support and maintenance of e-council document management; it will spend N290m on electronic document and content management system  and another N45m on electronic document management and archival system in the OSGF.

Upgrading and maintenance of Council Chambers Conference System will gulp N55m; N35m will be spent on one Xerox D125 photocopy machine; N20.8m on purchase of 52 laptop computers; N54.35m for the purchase of equipment for the production of staff identity cards and installation of file tracking system; and N5m for the OSGF website.

Another N3.8m is budgeted for the purchase of what is called multi-functional photocopy machine for the Procurement Department and N29.5m for archival project Phases I, II and III for cabinet secretariat document and file organisation.

Photo Credit: NAN PHOTO

16 Comments

  1. asobyebi

    December 28, 2016 at 10:54 am

    how sad 🙁

  2. roxxi

    December 28, 2016 at 11:02 am

    whaaaaat 400M??? do they even know how well can this money be used to create job opportunities for thousands of Nigerians out there ??? WOW

  3. Ana

    December 28, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Ppl need to understand hell is real.what wud it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul
    Pastors need to tell the truth and not sugar coat it .it take a desperately evil person to hear the suffering of ppl and collect useless gratuities ….#heaven and hell are not fictional stories .dont let a moment taint ur end..

  4. Mrs chidukane

    December 28, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I thought we’re in a recession? Can’t they wait till next year? After robbing us blind we’re still buying cars for them. Cars they have no need for. They can’t even decline. Honestly democracy only succeeded in enriching the political class and their cronies and impoverishing Nigeria.

  5. keke driver

    December 28, 2016 at 11:28 am

    400M is too small nau…Awon oni jibiti

  6. FinchleysFinest

    December 28, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    APC …..Change…

  7. Spunky

    December 28, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    So car na their problem? Misplaced priority.

  8. nene

    December 28, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    this is just a ploy to steal more money. as if the previous leaders haven’t stolen enough, what is 400 million naira to them when they stole billions of dollars?

  9. Rolib

    December 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    400m for past leaders and they can’t pay workers their salaries. there is God oh

  10. Mo'Diva

    December 28, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    #sighs Nigeria is a joke

  11. Nwa nna

    December 28, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    In these austere times? Why does Nigeria need to be purchase vehicles for former heads of states and Presidents? It’s not like they need it or can’t afford to buy their own rides…
    Nigeria has to be one of the most wasteful nations on the face of earth.. Talk about misplaced priorities, I weep for our obodo Nigeria.

  12. Bukie

    December 28, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    BN, what’s up with this samsung ad that keeps popping up. It freaks me out.

  13. Trealuv

    December 28, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    What do dis old men need cars for, when dey already have fleet of cars in their garage. Nigerians are dying everyday n this corrupt fools are been given new cars. If PMB is sleeping somebody should better wake him up because he is fooling himself not Nigerians at all.

  14. M (the real one)

    December 28, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Why not use these funds to build a car-making factory which will in turn create jobs and boost the economy for the long run???? This is such a silly / appalling decision when common public workers are not being paid decently. #BuhariGovIsAFraud

  15. Aso Oke

    December 28, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Priorities??? Buhari is a failure, I supported the mallam. What happened to buy Nigerian. They should all get innoson, I’m sure it wouldn’t hit 50M.

  16. Ndidi

    December 30, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    N3.8million for ‘multi functional photocopying machine’ ???
    What a tragedy!!
    I bet even the inventors of the machine did not spend N3.8M to get it.
    2017 is 2 days away, I better stop reading this kind of news so I don’t poison my mind with negativity before the new year.

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