No provision for new Vice President’s residence in 2016, 2017 budgets – Presidency

No provision for new Vice President’s residence in 2016, 2017 budgets – Presidency
February 19 19:57 2017

The Presidency said on Sunday that the proposed new official residence for the Vice President the immediate past administration has never featured in the two budget proposals of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President in the Office of the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande.

The statement reads: “For the umpteenth time, we like to clarify that the proposed plan of the immediate past administration to build a new official residence for the occupant of the Office of the Vice President, including the controversial gatehouse preceded this administration.

“The project which started in 2010, was initiated and funded by the immediate past administration,  but had never featured in the two budget proposals of the Buhari administration: neither in the 2016 nor the 2017 spending plans.

“Any suggestion therefore that this project benefits our administration or that it reflects our spending style or preferences is not only misleading but blatantly false.

“Besides, the incumbent Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has said publicly that he considers Aguda House, which he currently occupies, a befitting official residence for the Vice President and sufficient for his needs.

“While the project  is now about 85 per cent complete, the Federal Government, in the circumstances, will decide at the appropriate time what is the best use for the 14 buildings already on the project site.”