***N1.96billion for vehicle purchase
The State House, has set aside N7.20billion for maintenance of Presidential Villa facilities being part of N21.137billion budgetary proposals for 2023 fiscal year
It has also set aside N1.96b for vehicle purchase in the fiscal year and N644million for maintenance of State House Lagos Complex and Guest Houses .
At the presentations before the Senate Committee on Federal Character on Thursday, the Permanent Secretary State House, Tijjani Umar said the proposals and projections, were inadequate.
According to him, the total budget size of N21.137billion for State House in 2023 is N19.010billion less, when compared to the N40.148billion appropriated for it in 2022 fiscal year.
The N7.20billion earmarked for maintenance of Villa Facilities he explained, formed the critical component of the Capital Expenditure segment of the proposed budget
“The facilities under this heading include but are not limited to electrical/mechanical installations, buildings and infrastructures in the President’s and Vice President’s residences, offices, State House Auditorium, Presidential and Ministerial Airport Chalets etc
“These commitment usually take about 65% of the total appropriation of the State House. In order to keep the facilities in optimal working condition, the sum of N7.20billion has been proposed for year 2023 against the sum of N7.76billion in 2022”, he said.
He added that 2023 being an election year, the sum of N1.96billion earmarked for vehicle purchase was inadequate just as provision of N59million for maintenance of State House Lagos Complex and Guest Houses, is grossly inadequate.
“The provision of N59million for maintenance of State House Lagos Complex and Guest Houses is inadequate, requiring an estimated sum of N644million for upgrade of the facilities.
“It is also instructive to note that the provision of N1.96billion in the 2023 proposal for vehicle purchase , would still be inadequate to meet existing requirements, 2023 being an election year which entails frequent travels with associated costs as well as the replacement of vehicles by incoming administration ” , he said .
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Abba Moro ( PDP Benue South), said the slash in the State House budget for 2023 fiscal year, was not peculiar as other MDAs were equally affected .
He assured the Perm Sec that the committee will work on it.