Yemi Osinbajo, Yinka Odumakin
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo at the National Economic Council Meeting retreat at the State House Conference in Abuja. on Sunday, March 21, 2016 | Sunday Aghaeze/State House Photo

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will spend N1.3 billion on their numerous trips in 2018, Punch reports.

The figure was part of the details of the 2018 Appropriation Bill the President presented to the National Assembly last week.

According to the details, the two Nigerian leaders will spend N968.4 million on their foreign trips during the year, while their local trips will gulp N334 million.

Further breakdown of the budget shows that Buhari alone will spend N751 million on his foreign trips and N250 million on local trips.

Osinbajo will spend N217 million and N84 million on his foreign and local trips respectively.  These figures do not include N182 million allocated for both local and foreign trips in the budget of the State House Headquarters.

In 2017, the President spent N739 million on foreign trips, while his deputy expended N218 million for the same purpose.

Also during the year, Buhari spent N238 million on local trips. Local trips for Osinbajo cost N88 million.  Both leaders spent N1.28bn on foreign and local trips during the year.

Further scrutiny of the 2018 budget shows that Buhari and Osinbajo will jointly spend N149 million on foodstuffs/catering materials during the year.

While Buhari will spend N98m under the category, Osinbajo will spend N50 million. This is apart from the N25.7 million Buhari will be spending on refreshments and meals.

Apart from the figure also, Osinbajo will be spending N18 million on refreshments and meals as well as N2.4m on cooking gas. For the Vice-President, N17.4 million will be spent to purchase household and kitchen items that include crested plates, tea cups, cutleries and serving basin.

For the State House Headquarters, electricity charges will gulp N275 million; telephone charges will cost N24 million; while N67 million will be spent on internet charges.

N66m was budgeted for water rates while sewage charges will gulp N45 million.

The government will also spend N24 million to purchase sporting equipment for State House Sports Club.

Also, the Federal Government has budgeted N1.03 billion for the State House Medical Centre in 2018. The budget consists of N698.7m capital expenditure, N331.7 million for recurrent expenditure and N331.7 million for overheads.

Purchase of health and medical equipment will gulp N408 million, while N208 million will be spent on drug and medical supplies.

Besides, the Federal Government will spend N11 million on local travel and transportation at the medical centre. Provision of fixed assets for the medical centre will cost N209 million.


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