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2019 Budget: Buhari N1 Billion On Foreign Trips, Others

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, to take swift action on negotiation with the organised labour on the new N30,000 minimum wage consequential adjustment.

Africa News24 (AN24) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari earlier this week signed the 2019 budget and it shows that President Muhammadu Buhari is set to spend N1. 001 billion on trips this year.

Details show the president will spend N751.296 million on foreign trips while N250. 021 million will be spent on trips in Nigeria.

Also, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will also spend N217.060 million on foreign travels and another N83. 74 million on local travels.

According to the signed 2019 budget, N3.822 billion was set aside for annual routine maintenance of mechanical/electrical installations in the Villa.

While N576. 747 million was set aside for the phased replacement of vehicles, spares and tyres in the presidential CVU, security/police escort and State House operational fleet.

Buhari would spend N164. 176 million on honorarium and sitting allowance, and N25 .652 million on meals and refreshments.

The Chief Security Officer to Buhari got the sum of N 433.457 million for the purchase of security and operational vehicles.

N395. 834 million was set aside for the Presidential Wing of the State House Clinic, while N395. 834 million would be spent on the construction of office buildings.

While the State House Medical Centre was allocated a total of N798.856 million, with drugs and medicals supplies taking N208. 350 million and N 244.364 million earmarked for the purchase of health and medical equipment.

Also, the Conversion/upgrade of Villa Ranch and construction of wildlife conservation capture would take N27. 463 million; while rehabilitation of animal enclosure/procurement of Vet Lab equipment was allocated a separate N11. 865 million.

The Office of the President gets N8,580,741 for the purchase of books in the 2019 fiscal year.

While N26, 432, 346 was provided in the budget for the purchase of newspapers, while N3, 511,909 was set aside for magazines and periodicals.

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