Augustine Ehikioya, Abuja
The Everlasting Secretary of State Home, Mr Jalal Arabi, has disclosed that a few of the automobiles used for each day operations within the State Home have been bought way back to 1999, beneath the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He made the comment on Monday when he led his administration staff to the Nationwide Meeting for the defence of the 2020 price range proposals of the State Home earlier than the Home Committee on Particular Duties.
Arabi, in a press release by the Deputy Director (Data), Attah Esa, mentioned there may be an pressing want to interchange these automobiles as they’ve turn out to be very tough to keep up.
“With the release of funds in 2018, some of the vehicles, especially security vehicles were replaced, spares purchased but we are still nowhere near our optimal level since no vehicles were purchased this year (2019),” Arabi mentioned.
In accordance with him, “the proposals are in line with our provisions in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) document, discussed and agreed with the Budget Office of the Federation, and are to be implemented over a three-year period.”
The sum of N6.569 billion was proposed for capital expenditure, representing a 5.5 per cent discount within the capital price range proposal for 2019 expenditure of the seat of presidency.
The Chairman, Home Committee on Particular Duties, Honourable Samaila Suleiman, whereas expressing satisfaction with the presentation, assured that the Committee would rigorously contemplate the presentation.
Equally, the Everlasting Secretary defended the State Home price range proposals earlier than the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter governmental Affairs.