By Abubakar Yunus
President Bola Tinubu and Vice-President Kashim Shettima will spend N8 billion for both local and international trips in the coming year.
According to the 2024 appropriation bill, the travel expenditure is contained in the budget of the ‘state house operations’ for the president and vice-president.
Tinubu, on November 29, presented a proposed N27 trillion budget for the 2024 fiscal year to the national assembly for consideration.
Out of the figure, N638.5 million will be spent on local travel and transport, while international trips will gulp N6.9 billion.
Similarly, state house operation for the vice-president was allotted the sum of N1,847,726,023 for both local and international trips.
According to the 2024 budget, Shetimma will spend N618.3 million on local trips, while N1.2 billion will be expended on international travel.
Meanwhile, the sum of N459,387,409 was earmarked for ‘general supplies’ for the president.
From the figure, N205 million was allocated for drugs and medicals and while N254.1 million will be spent on foodstuff and catering materials.
In addition, under miscellaneous expenses (N219,298,119), about N33.6 million will be spent on refreshments and meals.
Honorarium and sitting allowance, publicity and advertisements, and postages and courier services will gulp N152.3 million, N30 million, and N3.3 million, respectively.
Also, N649,825,673 will be spent on rehabilitation and repairs of fixed assets, according to the budget. The rehabilitation consists of the repairs of presidential buildings (N500 million) and office buildings (N149 million).
In the same vein, the state house operation for the vice-president said it would spend N357,341,654 on materials and supplies.
From the amount, N10.9 million will go to office stationeries and computer consumables, while printing of non-security documents, uniforms & other clothing, and foodstuff and catering materials will consume N7.9 million, N857,124, and N337.5 million, respectively.
Furthermore, N187,060,264 was budgeted for miscellaneous expenses. The miscellaneous items include; refreshments and meals (N35 million), honorarium and sitting allowance (N67 million), publicity and advertisements (N32 million), postages and courier services (N2 million), welfare packages (N39 million), and sporting activities (N9 million).