In line with the mantra of change and his administration’s promise to ensure judicious use of public funds, President Muhammadu Buhari has turned down a proposal to purchase five new bulletproof Mercedes S-600 (V222) cars for his use at a cost of about N400 million.
The president reportedly rejected the proposal when the permanent secretary of the State House, Nebolisa Emodi, briefed him on Wednesday.
Ordering that the proposal to procure the cars be dropped, Buhari explained that he didn’t need new cars since the ones he inherited from former President Goodluck Jonathan are still in good shape.
According to a top presidency source who disclosed this to State House correspondents last night, President Buhari however, welcomed other initiatives presented by Emodi to reduce the running cost of the State House and strengthen its finance and accounts internal control mechanisms.
The source at the briefing, who spoke on condition of anonymity, quoted Buhari as telling the permanent secretary: “I don’t need any new cars. The ones I’m using now are just fine.
“Greater effort be made henceforth to capture all State House expenses within the approved national budget, to avoid the frequent recourse by past administrations to presidential intervention funds”.
Confirming the development, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said Buhari’s decision was in keeping with his commitment to prudence in the management of national resources.
Shehu added that Buhari wanted to continue using the cars he inherited from Jonathan, which explains why he withheld approval for their replacement.
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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