Buhari To Spend N1.4bn On Travels, N764.7 Million On Recreational Activities In 2016
A further breakdown of the N6.1 trillion 2016 budget indicates that the government intends to spend N39 billion on running the Office of the President with major allocations going to car purchase at N3.9 billion and another N189 million to change tyres for some specified vehicles in the Presidency.
The breakdown published by Vanguard newspaper shows that the vehicles that will gulp the budgeted sum for tyres include Mercedes Benz (bullet proof and plain), Toyota cars, trucks Land Cruiser SUV, Prado SUV, Hilux, Peugeot 607 and 406, BMW trucks, ambulances as well as utility and operational vehicles.
The budget also provides for the purchase of BMW saloon cars at N3.63 billion. The purpose for the cars were, however, not stated.
The Presidency will also spend about N1.4 billion on travels during the fiscal year, according to the budgetary provisions.
Vanguard noted that the State House budget also contains a repeat of projects the administration of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan repeatedly allocated funds for. An example is the purchase of computers, which has featured in budgets of the previous government each year.
In 2016, the State House will spend N27. 5 million on computers, while N268.9 will finance computer software acquisition.
Aso Rock will spend N764.7 million on recreational activities.
The installation of electrical lighting and fittings, which received substantial allocations in 2014 and 2015, will gulp N618.6 million next year.