Some days ago, President Muhammadu proposed a total budget of N16.39 trillion for the year 2022 to the National Assembly as reported by Channels TV.
And I have been wondering how possible is it for both families to finish N457 million in a year. Is it even possible at all? Even if both of them spend N1 million per day on food (which is not possible), the money will still have a remainder.
We understand that things are very expensive these days in the country, but this year's budgetary allocation for feeding expenses of the president and vice president's offices is the highest since Buhari assumed office as president and submitted his first full-year budget to the National Assembly.
In 2016, the cost of travel and feeding for the president and his vice was N1.43 billion. In 2017, it was N1.45 billion. In 2018, it was N1.52 billion, while in 2019, it was N1.5 billion.
Travel and feeding for both men cost the country N1.5 billion in 2019; N1.52 billion in 2018; in 2017, N1.45 billion; and N1.43 billion in 2016.
Recall that in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, N195.5 million was approved for the feeding expenses of the first two families of the country. While Mr. Buhari received N124 million, Mr. Osibanjo got N71 million.
Because of the recession the country is facing, I think, it is ideal to slash the amounts of money spent on feeding the President.
For me, It is Nigerians that deserve a feeding allowance, especially with the hardship in the country.
Some people can hardly eat one or two meals per day. Both the quality and quantity of the food most people manage to put on the table have drastically reduced.
Most families are even scared that their children could suffer terrible malnutrition if the situation remained unchecked. On this note, I think those monies allocated to the President can be slashed and shared with Nigerians who are struggling to put food on their tables.
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