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Friday, 17 February 2017

N94m bullet-proof tyres for Buhari, others


The Federal Government plans to spend N94.5 million on bullet-proof tyres for President Muhammadu Buhari and others this year, State House Permanent Secretary Jalal A. Arabi has said.

Canteen and kitchen equipment will cost N100.8 million.

The Nation reports that , these are part of the breakdown of the State House  budget presented by Arabi to the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs.

The number of treated (bulletproof) tyres that will be bought with N94.5 million was, however, not specified.

Arabi told the committee that N94.5 million (50% of the actual sought for in 2016) is proposed for this year.

On why the tyres should be bought at “exorbitant price”, Arabi explained that “some of the tyres being purchased are actually treated (bulletproof)” and hence constituted the bulk of the purchase cost.
On electricity charges, he said N45.3 million was approved in the last year’s budget.

The State House’s electricity bill for 2016, according to Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), was N252 million. Another outstanding liability of over N300 million for State House, Lagos facilities.

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