Shocking: Federal Government Budgets 1 Billion Naira For Two Websites In New 2016 Budget

Shocking: Federal Government Budgets 1 Billion Naira For Two Websites In New 2016 Budget

Controversies over the 2016 budget may have just begun, with a fresh N3.9 billion injected into the second version of the budget presented by Ita Enang, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on national assembly matters (senate).

On December 22, 2015, the president had presented the appropriation bill before a joint session of the national assembly, and was well received as an expansionary budget aimed at stimulating the economy.

On Tuesday, it was discovered that the budget was missing at the senate, and there have been speculations that it was withdrawn for correction.

Senate President Bukola Saraki met Buhari immediately after the senate plenary session, and thereafter dismissed the reports, saying the budget was with them.

The presidency said hundreds of copies of the budget were presented to the national assembly and all could not possibly be missing.

TheCable obtained both copies of the budget and highlighted the disparities between the two versions of the 1,810-page document.

Most of the changes made were relating to the state house and the presidency in general.

Fresh N3.9 billion was included for routine maintenance of the presidential villa, while the amount stipulated for the purchase of BMW salon cars was reduced from N3.6 billion to N340 million.

Below is a table showing the changes made to the 2016 budget:

ALTERATIONS TO THE OLD VERSION OF THE BUDGET

DESCRIPTION Old Budget (N) New Budget (N) Difference (N)
STATE HOUSE – HQTRS (TOTAL OVERHEAD) 2,063,951,770 1,963,951,772 Reduced by 99,999,998
STATE HOUSE – HQTRS (TOTAL RECURRENT) 3,640,645,629 3,540,645,631 Reduced by 99,999,998
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF
STAFF TO THE PRESIDENT (TOTAL ALLOCATION)
2,258,000 27,258,000 Increased by 25,000,000
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER TO THE PRESIDENT (TOTAL ALLOCATION) 3,177,380 28,177,380 Increased by 25,000,000
STATE HOUSE MEDICAL CENTRE 3,865,629,221 3,890,629,221 Increased by 25,000,000
STATE HOUSE LAGOS LIAISON OFFICE 126,727,005 151,727,005 Increased by 25,000,000
OVERHEAD COST (STATE HOUSE) 1,964,893,444 1,864,893,446 Reduced by 99,999,998
OTHER RECURRENT COSTS (STATE HOUSE) 2,063,951,770 1,963,951,772 Reduced by 99,999,998
MISCELLANEOUS (STATE HOUSE) 454,145,445 354,145,445 Reduced by 100,000,000
PURCHASE OF BMW SALOON CARS AND JEEPS (5NOS.EACH) 3,630,000,000 340,000,000 Reduced by 3,290,000,000
RENOVATION WORK ON 8 NO.BLOCKS OF 16 NO. 2 BEDROOM FLATS
AT STATE HOUSE SECURITY QUARTERS, ASOKORO “NEW QUARTERS”
Absent in old budget 254,587,922 Fresh 254,587,922
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION 326,084,876 115,829,076 Reduced by 210,255,800
ANNUAL ROUTINE MAINTENANCE OF VILLA FACILITIES BY JBN Absent in old budget 3,914,197,062 Fresh 3,914,197,062
CONSTRUCTION AND PROVISION OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES 764,671,015 Absent 764,671,015 Removed
ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION OF DISTRIBUTION BOARDS AND OTHER CABLES 191,592,132 371,733,964 Increased by 180,141,832
PURCHASE OF 33 SEATER COASTER BUSES 158,000,000 120,000,000 Reduced by 38,000,000
PURCHASE OF 16 SEATER TOYOTA HIACE COASTER BUSES. 204,000,000 120,000,000 Reduced by 84,000,000
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE PRESIDENT (TOTAL OVERHEAD) 0 25,000,000 Fresh 25,000,000
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE PRESIDENT (TOTAL RECURRENT) 0 25,000,000 Fresh 25,000,000
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF SOLID MINERALS (WEBSITE UPDATE) 0 795,234,275 Fresh 795,234,275
MAINTENANCE OF FME WEBSITE AND PROVISION OF ANTIVIRUS AND PORTAL DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT FOR NIGERIA EDUCATION MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM 15,000,000 273,657,322 Increased by 258,657,322

Data source: BudgIT
Story source: The Cable