President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will spend N1.3bn on their numerous trips in 2018. The figure was part of the details of the 2018 Appropriation Bill the President presented to the National Assembly last week.
According to the details, the two Nigerian leaders will spend N968.4m on their foreign trips during the year, while their local trips will gulp N334m. Further breakdown of the budget shows that Buhari alone will spend N751m on his foreign trips and N250m on local trips.
Osinbajo will spend N217m and N84m on his foreign and local trips respectively. These figures do not include N182m allocated for both local and foreign trips in the budget of the State House Headquarters.
In 2017, the President spent N739m on foreign trips, while his deputy expended N218m for the same purpose. Also during the year, Buhari spent N238m on local trips. Local trips for Osinbajo cost N88m. Both leaders spent N1.28bn on foreign and local trips during the year.
Further scrutiny of the 2018 budget shows that Buhari and Osinbajo will jointly spend N149m on foodstuffs/catering materials during the year.
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