Change Indeed! Aso Rock Domestic Spending Move from 580m to 1.7bn


The 2016 budget proposal which was presented to the joint session of the National Assembly two weeks ago by President Muhammadu Buhari, has received a lot of criticism on some of the allocations allotted to different sectors and organisations.

As Senators kicked off debate on the budget on Wednesday, a lot of disagreements have been met on the way especially concerning the allocation of a whooping sum of N3.9 billion for renovating the Presidential villa in Abuja. Former president Goodluck Jonathan renovated the Villa shortly after he lost the election in 2014 in preparation for Buhari’s take over, therefore, the idea of another renovation was described as unnecessary and completely unacceptable particularly by Senator Enyinnaya a lawmaker from the opposition party.

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According to the Abia state Senator, the budget ”… also increased the spending that is due to renovations within the Villa.

They are going to renovate the Villa with N3.9 billion: what else do you want to renovate there that Nigerians will see in the Year 2016?

It did not end there.

The Senator who is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Abia State specifically criticized a proposal to increase “spending that is due to renovations within the Villa.”

Abaribe, while making contributions during the consideration of the budget proposal said that the budget was faulty on many grounds and could not be implemented as it was.

He said that the adjustments made by the president, for which the earlier budget was withdrawn for tinkering rather than reduce spending in areas where they were not necessary, simply spread it into different offices.

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That was not all. The opposition lawmakers also raised posers over President Buhari’s spreading of the N1.7 billion voted for vehicles in the budget he presented on December 22, 2015 to other units and activities in the Presidency in the corrected version of the Appropriation Bill.
But the All Progressives Con­gress (APC) kicked against the PDP lawmakers’ observations and remarks and went ahead to praise the President for a job well done.