The President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, and his Vice, Kashim Shettima, are expected to spend the sum of N10.13 billion on meals and travel.
This was disclosed in the details of the 2024 budget proposal which is being scrutinized by the National Assembly.
The budget has a total aggregate revenue projection of N18.32 trillion and a deficit of N9.18 trillion (3.88 percent of GDP).
The fiscal document proposes capital expenditure of N8.7 trillion and recurrent, of N18.51trillion.
According to the proposal, feeding which is, titled ‘refreshment & meal and foodstuff for the offices of Tinubu and Shettima’ was allocated N660.5 million.
Out of this amount, N287.8 million is for the president’s office, and N372.6 million is for the VP’s office.
Further breakdown of the budget proposal shows that refreshments and meals for the president will gulp N33.6 million and another N254.2 million for foodstuff/catering materials supplies.
The vice president will spend N35 million on refreshments/meals and N337.5 million on foodstuff/catering materials supplies.
The fiscal document also shows that the feeding of the animals at the Aso Rock’s zoo, tagged “wildlife conservation”, will gulp N201.4 million.
The renovation of the president and vice president’s quarters at the State House will gulp N800 million: N500 million for Tinubu and N300 million for Shettima.
In the 2023 supplementary budget approved last month, the Presidency voted N13.5 billion to renovate President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kassim Shettima’s official residences in Lagos and Abuja.
The approved expenditure was part of the N28 billion voted for State House in the N2.176trn supplementary budget.
The breakdown showed that N4 billion will be spent for the renovation of residential quarters for the President; renovation of Aguda House to gulp N2.5 billion; renovation of Dodan Barracks, the official residence of Mr President in Lagos, N4 billion and renovation of official quarters of vice president in Lagos N3bn, totally N13.5 billion.
In the 2024 budget proposal, honorarium and sitting allowance for the president and his vice were pegged at N152.3 million and N67.3 million respectively.
Powering of generators in the State House will cost N37.9 million while N260.8 million is earmarked for electricity charges.