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Saraki, Dogara reject N10bn budget for official residences

29 February 2016, 11:07

Abuja - Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have turned down the N10 billion budget estimate for construction of their official residences in the 2016 budget, reports Thisday.

The proposal was included in the 2016 budget estimate of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).

While the sum of N6 billion was allocated for the completion of the Senate President’s residence, the sum of N4 billion was allotted for the completion of the residence of the Speaker.

While Dogara currently resides in a rented apartment, Saraki was living in his personal house in Maitama until late last year when a fire incident forced him to move into an official guest house

Also read: Fire razes Saraki’s house

The two presiding officers were said to have rejected the huge figure in the budget proposal.

Their position on the issue was premised on the fact that it was too high considering the state of the national economy and that such proposal would create the impression that they were insensitive to the state of the nation.

It was gathered that the duo have agreed that the allotted fund should be reduced to N1 billion each.

The buildings have been abandoned since June 2015 after the swearing- in of President Muhammadu Buhari .

- News 24


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