Eyebrows have been raised about some contents of the budget breakdown released by the budget office. The 2017 budget, which has been captioned – “The budget of Growth and Recovery” was presented to the National Assembly by President Buhari on December 14.
Further breakdowns reveal that the budget for the State House would be N42 billion, with the amount billed to be expended on food, cooking gas and kitchen utensils expected to take up N850 million.
The purchase of forks, spoons, knives to be used in Aso Rock will cost a mind buggling N100, 820,300.
The budget document indicated three expenditure items that relate to food and feeding, namely, food stuff and catering materials, purchase of canteen and kitchen equipment and cooking gas.
The budget also reflects that food stuff and catering materials will take up N360 million while cooking gas is expected to take N63 million.
For president’s office, N114,967,140.00 has been voted for food stuff, kitchen utensils or equipment to take N100,820,300 while cooking gas will consume N21,600,000 million.
The budget breakdown further shows that the Office of the Vice President will spend N53, 494,992 million on food stuff, N12,470,000 on kitchen utensils while N246,000 million would be spent on cooking gas.
The expected food related expenditure for office of the Chief of Staff is N16,282,000 while Lagos Liaison Office of the Presidency will devote N140,418,300 on food and food related items in the 2017 fiscal year.
The maintenance of infrastructure and technical facilities in the Defence House and other Safe Houses would gulp N367.980 million, while the rehabilitation and infrastructure of security quarters in the Villa would take N284.587 million.
Ironically, in line with the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari led Government to fight corruption, N17.202 billion is allocated to the Economic and financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the 2017 budget making it the largest single allocation among the agencies under the Presidency.