Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Presidency Votes N3.6bn For BMW Cars In 2016 Budget

The BMW salon cars for principal
officers are likley to cost
N3,630,000,000, going by the 2016
budget for the Presidency. The
number of the cars is not specified.
Besides, N189.1m is voted for tyres
for various vehicles, including the
bulletproof and plain Mercedes Benz
cars being used in the Presidency.
The expenditure on tyres is to cover
other brands of vehicles, including
Toyota cars, trucks, Land Cruiser
Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs), Prado
SUVs, Hilux pick-up vans, Peugeot
607 and 406 cars, ambulances and
others broadly described as “ utility
and operational vehicles”.
President Muhammadu Buhari will,
in the next fiscal year, likely spend
N1,415,706,197 on both local and
international travels and
transportation, as against the
N944,672,109 spent in 2015 by him
and his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck
Jonathan, on travels and
transportation.
As against this year’s N24.4 billion
allocation, the Presidency, voted N39
billion in the 2016 national budget.
Details of the 2016 budget
breakdown for the Presidency
indicate that in place of the N24. 6
million voted for Wildlife
Conservation, including the purchase
of exotic animals last year, N326m is
allocated for next year.
Also, acquisition of presidential
canteen materials and kitchen
equipment has increased from
N83.1m this year to N89m in 2016.
There is also a marginal increase in
the N11m voted for supply of
foodstuff and catering services in the
Vice President’s office in 2015 to
N16.6m.
A breakdown of the 2016 budget for
the Presidency includes: general
renovation of the Guest House
(N387m); complete furnishing of the
Guest House (N45m); purchase of
computers (27.5m) and construction
and provision of recreational
facilities (764m).
Recreational materials totalling
N12m are to be procured.
Other expenditures on the
Presidency’s vehicles include
N39.8m for the purchase of an
unspecified number of 200 amps,
100 amps and 60 amps Mercedes
Benz batteries for bulletproof
vehicles.
Also N30m is to be expended on the
purchase of tool boxes, car jacks, and
diagnostic machines for the
Presidency’s bulletproof cars.
The purchase of C-Caution triangles,
fire-extinguishers and cables is to
cost N27m.
While there is no indication of the
number or condition of items
procured by the Presidency in 2015,
N114.4m is to be expended on the
upgrade of internet infrastructure in
the State House; N22.5 is to be spent
on purchasing internet servers.
The purchase of what is described as
“Active Devices for State House
Network” is to cost N100m and
N35m is to be expended on the
purchase of security appliances and
licences, including computer anti-
virus software.
Under the Office of the National
Security Adviser’s N90.3 billion
budget for 2016, N8.7 billion is to be
expended to develop the ONSA’s “All-
Eye” surveillance project and N9
billion to construct an esoterically-
named “Stravinsky Project”.
The ONSA’s security vote, including
funds for operations, is pegged at
N576m.
The Department of State Security
Service (DSS) has N2.2 billion for its
2016 security vote. The Presidential
Air Fleet is to spend N262.4m on Air
Navigation equipment.
Under the 2016 budget, State House
Headquarters is to spend N104.7m
on refreshments and meals.
Foodstuff and catering materials
worth N102.9m are to be supplied.
There is provision for N99m as
grants to local councils.
Other items under the Presidency’s
2016 budget include: N55,670,000
for installation or budget planning
software; N272,646,891 for
Upgrading of mechanical and
electrical power line (underground)
supplies to the State House;
N322,421,971 for linking of cable to
drivers’ rest room at Villa Admin
and N213,873,953 for linking of
cable from House No 9 Generator
House to the gate.
Others are: N618,604,265 for
installation of electrical lightings &
fittings; N191,592,132 for electrical
installation of distribution boards &
other cables; N22,861,449 for
provision of stage curtains &
electrical drive; N10,416,146 for
installations of electrical materials
and luminaries.

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