At a time when prolonged power outage has become the order of the day in most homes and offices across Nigeria, the Federal Government has earmarked a total of N660, 377,107 to take care of power challenge at the State House and other strategic offices in the Presidency.
The 2017 Appropriation Bill, which President Muhammadu Buhari presented to the joint session of the National Assembly recently, made a provision of N436,853,111 for the normal electricity charges and an additional allocation of N223,523,996 for its alternative power solutions.
Under the alternative power plan, the sum of N103,869,296 has been earmarked for fuelling its numerous power generating plants; N49,654,700 has been set aside for maintenance of these generators while the sum of N70 million will be spent on the purchase of new generators.
A glance at the details of the budget proposal shows that the bulk of the electricity charges to the tune of N319,625,753 will be expended at the State House, Abuja while another N15,320,000 will be spent at the State House, Lagos Liaison Office.
In addition, the State House, Abuja will spend N45,540,000 fuelling power generating pants and N6,148,000 has been provided for the maintenance of the plants.
The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru has been allocated the sum of N62.4 million for its electricity charges during the coming year; Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has N12 million, while the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been allocated the sum of N62,760,000 for the same line item.
Other agencies that would share in the huge electricity bill include the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Sustainable Development Goal, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Nigeria Atomic Energy Agency (NAEA) and the Office of the Chief Economic Adviser to the President.
Two agencies, namely the EFCC and NEITI, have special provisions for the purchase of new power generating sets as they shared N50 million and N20 million respectively on this line item.
Meanwhile, the sum of N114.9 million has also been appropriated for the State House (President’s Office) to procure foodstuffs and catering material supplies; N188.4 million to cater for honorarium and sitting allowances while N53.8 million is budgeted for miscellaneous expenses.
The sum of N5.6 million is to be expended on postages and courier services while another N48.2 million is voted for publicity and advertisement.
For travels and transport, N978.4 million is appropriated for spending by State House (President’s office).
Local travels and transport to gulp N239.2 million, international travels N739.4 million. For the office of the Vice-President, fuel and lubricants are to gulp N246 million, honorarium and sitting allowance N21.3 million, printing of nonsecurity documents N10.4 million, uniforms and other clothing N3 million, while publicity and other advertisements to gulp N14.6 million.
The Federal Ministry of Interior is committing N212.9 million as its percentage contribution to the federal government’s contributory pension scheme for its personnel in 2017.
The ministry has also earmarked N141.9 million for funding of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), while salaries and wages are to gulp N2.8 billion during the coming fiscal year.
Other recurrent costs in the Ministry of Interior has been put at N248.8 million, consultancy and professional services will gulp N10.9 million, appointment and recruitment exercise during the year (service wide) will consume N1.1 billion, welfare packages N9.7 million, refreshment and meal N4.5 million, publicity and advertisement N4.6 million and rehabilitation of ministry’s main building will gulp N220.6 million.
Similarly, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has earmarked N1.7 billion for comprehensive AIDs programme with states (Abia and Taraba); N230 million voted for a social support programme for HIV key and vulnerable populations; N143.5 million for carrying out campaign and advocacy visits and involvement of media and N59.5 million for national HIV/AIDS donor coordination project.
The budget proposal has also shown that the Federal Ministry of Finance has been allocated the sum of N10 million as expenses for the monitoring of salary bailout funds disbursed to states and other infrastructural loans and another N10 million to conduct research on removal of fuel subsidy and its impact on the economy.
Source: Financial Watch