2013 Budget: Jonathan, Sambo, Anyim to Spend N1.5bn on Welfare
Even as millions of Nigerians go to bed hungry, the offices of three principal functionaries of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – the President, the Vice-President and Secretary to the Government of the Federation – will spend N1.59bn on welfare packages in 2013.
Details of the budget obtained on Friday showed that the three offices would spend N1.59bn on the undefined item tagged welfare packages.
The SGF office will spend the lion share of N1.07bn; the President’s office will spend N355.9m, while the VP’s office will spend N160.83m.
Goodluck Jonathan is the president, Namadi Sambo is the VP. The office of the SGF is occupied by Anyim Pius Anyim.
Further Breakdown of the Budget:
The 2013 budget shows that Nigeria will spend slightly less than N1bn (precisely N990.24m) in feeding Jonathan and Sambo in 2013.
The breakdown on the cost of feeding in the Presidency shows that Jonathan will spend on N406, 738,969 on foodstuffs and catering materials next year.
The gas for cooking the President’s food will cost about N13million while the refreshment and meals in the State House will cost the nation N327,154,931. Similar expenses will be made in the VP’s office.
These expenditure items bring the total cost for feeding in the Presidential Villa to N990.24m for the 2013 fiscal year. The provision for feeding in the Presidency in 2013 is only N2.33m shy of the amount which the government is spending on foodstuff and refreshment in the Presidential Villa in the current budget year.
Funny enough, while presenting the budget proposals to the National Assembly in Abuja on Wednesday, President Jonathan said his government would save cost as a result of dwindling resources.
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