The allocations for food include foodstuff/catering materials supplies, refreshment and food, and cooking gasoline/gasoline cost, even as the allocations for travels encompass neighborhood and international travels..”
According to a report by The PUNCH, the Presidency’s budgetary allocations for meals and travels hit N34bn in six years, in step with statistics obtained from the appropriation bills of the Federal Government inside the duration under overview.
A overall of N5.16bn became spent on food and N28.94bn on travels.
The allocations for meals include food/catering materials supplies, refreshment and meals, and cooking gas/gas cost, even as the allocations for travels include local and international travels.
It covers the presidency and its groups, which encompass the Bureau of Public Enterprises, the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, the National Emergency Management Agency, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, the Bureau of Public Procurement, the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission & Its Centres..”
The list also includes the State House Medical Centre, State House Lagos Liaison Office, Offices of the Chief of Staff to the President, the Chief Security Officer to the President, Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President–Sustainable Development Goals, and Office of the Chief Economic Adviser to the President.
On October 7, 2021, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), offered the 2022 finances inspiration to a joint consultation of the National Assembly.
The N16.39tn budget will ship the Federal Government on another borrowing spree of N6.23tn.
Our correspondent reviews that there was a rise and fall in the budgetary allocations for the length under review.
Throughout the duration below overview, journey allocations gulped a larger chunk of the allocations.
The total budgetary allocation for meals and travels was N3.27bn, N3.11bn, N3.81bn, and N3.39bn for 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 respectively.
In 2016, meals allocations gulped N518.45m, even as tour allocations gulped N2.75bn.
In 2017, there has been a slight decrease as food allocations gulped N681.79m, while journey allocations gulped N2.43bn.
However, there was an growth in 2018, as food allocations gulped N582.75m, whilst travel allocations gulped N3.23bn.
Another lower become recorded in 2019. In this yr, meals allocations gulped N617.45m, at the same time as travel allocations gulped N2.98bn.
The general budgetary allocations for food and travels have been N7.46bn, N6.07bn, and N6.77bn for 2020, 2021, and 2022 respectively.
In 2020, meals allocations gulped N483.78m, even as tour allocations gulped N6.98bn.
There became, however, a decline in 2021, as food allocations gulped N793.26m, at the same time as journey allocations gulped N5.28bn.
The decline turned into no longer sustained as there has been an boom between the cutting-edge year and the upcoming year. In 2022, meals allocations gulped N1.84m, whilst travel allocations gulped N5.29bn..”