President Buhari will be spending N1bn on travels, as it was learnt that the 2019 budget proposes N250,021,595 for the President’s local trips and N751,296,576 for him to travel internationally.
Same budget proposed N83,974,710 for Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s local travel, while N217,060,883 was proposed for his international trips.
Under foodstuff/catering materials supplies, N98,306,492 was budgeted for the President and N50,888,218 for the Vice-President.
The Federal Government also proposed N416,668,229 for the construction of the presidential wing of the State House Medical Centre out of the Presidency’s total estimate of N49, 307,859,794 in the 2019 budget proposal.
Punch reported that N823,441,666 was proposed for the State House Medical Centre, including drugs and medical supplies (N208,350,424).
The State House also budgeted N36, 787,354 for drugs and medical supplies, and N51,821,160 for medical expenses. It should however be recalled that in the 2018 budget, the Presidency had proposed N1,030,458,453 for the State House clinic after the President’s wife, Mrs Aisha Buhari, criticised the medical centre for not having an “ordinary syringe.”