EXCLUSIVE: APC lawmakers set to block Jonathan’s plan to buy new aircraft, renovate villa at N3 billion

Sunset at the National assembly
Sunset at the National Assembly

Opposition APC proposes reduction in budget allocations totalling N350 bn to fund capital projects.

Nigeria’s main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has asked its members in the National Assembly to block a plan by President Goodluck Jonathan to upgrade facilities at the sprawling Aso Rock presidential villa, and purchase a new aircraft into an already bloated presidential air fleet at a huge N3 billion.

The proposals are part of the 2014 budget currently before federal lawmakers.

The APC also proposed a reduction in spending on about 16 items in the budget, to save N350 billion which should be used to raise capital expenditure and create jobs for Nigerians.

These proposals are contained in the party’s 23-page review report on the 2014 budget titled: “Review of the Draft Federal Budget: APC’s Views on the Federal Government Draft Budget,”  exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES.

The 2014 Appropriation Bill, which proposes a total expenditure of N4.62 trillion- a seven percent cut on the 2013 figure of N4.987 trillion- was presented to the National Assembly last December by the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

It is made up of N400bn (2013: N388bn) for statutory transfers; N737bn (2013: N592bn) for debt service; N2.385 trillion (2013: N2.419 trillion) for recurrent non-debt expenditure; and N1.245 trillion (2013: N1.589 trillion) for capital projects.

The opposition party had directed its members in the National Assembly to block the passage of the budget and other executive bills in protest against the manner the federal government was handling the political crisis in Rivers State.

The APC, however, said the objective of the review of the document was to guide its members in the National Assembly, who, with cooperation from their like-minded colleagues in the legislature “can restructure and improve the content of the 2014 budget to serve the people of Nigeria, and not the select few that will capture it as currently proposed.”

In the report, the opposition party said the purchase of another aircraft, which would bring the number of aircraft in the presidential fleet to 11 and which would cost the nation N1.5bn; the upgrade of Presidential Villa facilities (N1.5bn) and the construction of a VIP wing at State House Clinic at N0.75bn, all proposed by the federal government, were unnecessary.

The APC also demanded the reduction by N4 billion the cost of the proposed National Conference for which N7 billion was proposed by the government. The party, which had opposed the convocation of the conference, said the provision was excessive because it might achieve nothing.

It further noted that the N7bn was more than what the average federal university gets in one year and about the same as the N8bn budgeted for “National Job Creation Scheme.”

“Reduce the provision for the National Dialogue to N3bn and save N4bn for the capital budget. The provision is excessive. The National Political Reform Conference of 2005 cost N945 million and likely to lead to the same conclusion,” the party said in the report.

Other recommendations made by the opposition party are as follows:-

-Reduce travel budget by 75% and training budget by 50% and save N30bn;

-Reduce security votes in MDAs by 50% and eliminate them in all, but needy ones and save at least N20bn;

-Reduce some of the non-essential recurrent spending listed above and save at least N5bn;

-Reduce the constituency projects’ provision to the 2013 level of N50bn, thus saving N50bn;

-Delete all provision for outsourced services, all administrative charges, and running and ‘verification costs’ for all pensions as they were all provided for in the 2013 budget. This will save about N11bn.

-Deleting all provisions in MDA budgets for contributions to local, state and international organizations, which have been partly duplicated in the service-wide vote. This will save about N3bn;

-Reduce overall provision for monitoring and evaluation in the entire budget by 75% and save N9bn for utilization on other capital expenditure;

-Apply an across-the-board reduction of 75% on all ‘research and development’ budget items and transfer the estimated savings of N35bn to other capital projects;

-Roll up the following wasteful or ambiguous line items from the service-wide vote; national job creation scheme – N8bn, special intervention – N62.8bn, and sinking fund for infrastructural development – N30bn, and transfer the total of N100.8bn to other capital projects;

-Reduce the provision of N14bn for acquisition of computer software and N14bn for motor vehicles in the 2014 by 75% and transfer N20bn to other job-creating capital projects.

-Eliminate the duplications and “cut-and-paste” items in the budget; for instance provisions for kitting of youth corps members in virtually every MDA budget, indefensible grants and the like, and transfer these to the capital budget -estimated savings of N2bn;

-Removal of N16bn proposed for a brand new ‘wholesale’ development finance institution instead of restructuring the Bank of Industry and N2bn government contribution to the newly-established Mortgage Refinance Company be taken off the service-wide vote and transferred to the capital development fund;

The APC said the N350 billion that would be save from the reduction in some allocations and deletion of others could be channelled into the mass construction of houses in the states, rehabilitation of major roads, construction of police and military barracks and funding of agriculture and power sectors.

“From the foregoing items alone, over N350bn can be freed to be spent on more job-creating capital projects like the construction of 2,000 housing units in each state of the federation plus the FCT (either by the FHA or grants-in-aid to the various State Housing Corporations to do so) at the cost of N90bn; enhanced funding of key roads and bridge projects like the East-West Road, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, New Niger bridge, Onitsha-Enugu Expressway and Abuja-Lokoja Road that have consistently suffered from inadequate funding – N100bn,” the party said.

“More funding for the construction of Police and Military Barracks all over the country, and the rehabilitation of existing ones at the cost of N30bn; better funding of the agricultural and SME sectors with the sum of N50bn; increase the North-East Intervention Fund to N11bn with an expected contribution of N33bn from multilateral and bilateral donor agencies; increase funding for power supply by earmarking N30bn for gas infrastructure and N30bn for the transmission company to complete ongoing projects.”

The party also stated in the report that the adjustments would raise the budgetary allocation to capital expenditure by 4.7% to 31.6%, adding however it would still remain too low, relative to what was required to meet the stated objectives of this budget.

The party said there was a limited link between the budget and Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF. Noting that the MTEF for the 2014 proposed a benchmark price of $74, which was revised upwards by the National Assembly on the insistence of its members to $77.50 per barrel, the APC said it was still too low and needed to be adjusted back to $79 during the appropriation process.

It stated that on the basis of price adjustment, an additional N173 billion goes into the federation account as crude oil sales and federally collectible revenues rose to N10.692 trillion while gross federation account inflows increased to N10.276 trillion.

It listed the “hidden” deductions as Joint Venture Cash Calls (N858, 588bn), Gas Infrastructure and Development (N304.541bn), Oil Pre-Shipment Agency Expenses N3.200bn), Frontier Exploration Services (N16.000bn) and Fuel Subsidy Payments (NNPC/Marketers) (971.138bn).

The APC said, “These deductions amount to over N2 trillion from revenues accruing to states and local government. These deductions are decided unilaterally by the federal government without any consultations, transparency or rigorous debate.  It is also noteworthy that these sums deducted do not get transferred into the federation account as required by the Constitution.”

On special funds, the APC said the special funds to be held in trust by the federal government in 2014 for the entire nation needed to be transparently budgeted, accounted for and audited regularly. The special funds, which total N190.800bn, listed are Ecology and Derivation (60bn), Statutory Stabilization (N30bn), Natural Resources Development (N100.800bn).

The APC also criticized the allocation of N66 billion to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct the 2015 general elections. The party said the cost of the exercise could be significantly reduced if all the elections were held in one day instead of two days, February 14 and 28, 2015, proposed by the Commission for the presidential, National Assembly, governorship and State Assembly elections. 

The APC also faulted the allocation of “a paltry N102bn” to the power sector while the Agriculture ministry fell by nearly 20% from N83bn in 2013 to N67bn in 2014.

It criticized the N240bn budgeted for the Niger Delta Ministry, associated agencies and programmes, saying it was twice the allocation for electric power and more than the budgets of the ministries of works, transport (including SURE-P) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

The party argued that even if the allocation to the Niger Delta-focused agencies were justifiable, the outputs and outcomes of similar allocations in past years “leave much to be desired on account of pervasive corruption and lack of implementation capacity in the benefitting Ministries, Department and Agencies, MDA.” 

On regional considerations, the APC regretted that the entire North East zone, which is the hotbed of the Boko Haram insurgency, received a “pathetic” N2bn to address the devastation in the six states making up the zone.

“This meagre budgetary proposal may have to do more with the dominance of the opposition in the zone than an assessment of real need,” the party, which controls three of the six states, alleged.

The party faulted the allocation of N39bn for Research and Development, which it said “does not make sense in many MDAs that have little or no R&D focus.”

The APC faulted the allocation of N14bn for the acquisition of computer software and another N14bn for the acquisition of motor vehicles, saying it was too large an amount in a federal government that had monetized the acquisition of vehicles since 2004. 

The APC added, “In summary, an overview of the budget proposals clearly shows an attempt at spreading expenditure items in various parts of the budget to mask the administration’s real priorities as against, and in contradiction to, the stated objectives of the appropriation bill.

“Furthermore, the critical areas earlier identified that need enhanced public funding to generate inclusive growth with jobs have received much lower allocations than expected. The budget contains many classification errors, typos and duplication of items or line items that are clearly not needed. These need to be corrected by the National Assembly.

“Many line items in the recurrent and capital budgets were simply cut and paste from the budget of 2013, complete with descriptions, amounts and even typographical errors. MDAs simply felt the need to allocate amounts large enough to exhaust their respective fiscal envelope for the year without any regard for public purpose or real needs. Perhaps a movement from the envelope system to a zero-based budgeting system is what is needed to impose some fiscal and hard budget constraints on federal MDAs.

“The Jonathan administration has predictably made no statements about fighting corruption in the 2014 budget. The levels of allocation to MDAs with publicly-acknowledged corruption challenges (e.g. the Ministry of Aviation and agencies), while the anti-corruption agencies are hardly getting by in this budget says it all. We will now look at specific areas that the legislature will need to focus on to ensure the 2014 Budget works for all Nigerians.”

  • greenlight774

    This is what opposition should look like. Good work APC!

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      I was truly Gobsmacked to see this!

      I am now over the moon. This can only vindicate my position that the moral persuasion in APC is higher, regardless of the people that formed it; as opposed to PDP.

      Kudos to APC.

      • Okey

        Gallery acting, “moral persuasion” ? APC lawyers have N20 Billion so-called legal fees; APC bigman has N84 Billion scam contract; and, another APC bigman has another scam N5 Billion contract, all totaling N109 Billion from one source, CBN, alone. Where then is the higher moral persuasion ?

        What they have is devilish, not moral, persuasion. We must see their “directive” for what it is: Having refused to step down for them or not to re-contest, they now want Jonathan to die in air-crash. That is what their directive is, simply and squarely.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Okey, I can see why poverty remains an incurable disease in Nigeria.

          • Okey

            Though you failed a lawyerly test of disproving my posting with facts, you seem to be a lawyer who run errands for treasury looters masquerading as “progressives”, so you may not know what poverty is all about. . Yes, I have seen poverty, that’s why I find it difficulty to identify with your clients most of whom have looted their states dry or were the thieves in PDP who have suddenly become “saints and progressives” just by forming or crossing over to APC in other to continue their trade in 2015.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Teacher, this is an amazing comment coming from an enlightened mind!

            I wish you well, Okey.

          • Okey

            I am more than amazed seeing a Nigerian who makes mockery of those of us kept in the poverty lane by politicians.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            And yet, you remain here fighting the corners of those who hold you servitude!

          • Okey

            At least, I can tell them through you, their lawyer, that they are rubbing us rough.

          • Chiemele

            And from your post, its obvious by seeing nothing wrong with corruption, you are their cheer leader.

          • kingubong

            @Kay Soyemi…. Don’t fall for the trick of answering back @ loosers. Reno Okiri employs and create fake names to attack those raising genuine issues online against the government.

          • Okey

            If kinkunbang, or is it King-of-Coupon (lottery) is not another Liar Hammed, I wonder who is.

          • redeem

            DID FASHOLA VOTE 1.7B FOR THE PURCHASE OF FUEL OR NOT? DO U NEED TO BE A UNIVERSITY GRADUE TO ANSWER THIS SIMPLE QUESTION’-WHAT ABOUT THE 77B HE BUDGETED TO RUN HIS OFFICE–NOT TO TALK OF THE CONTRACTS TINUBU GOT FROM CBN-89B

          • Chiemele

            What exactly is your proposition. If you in agreement with the governments planned spend say so with justifications. If you are simply in disagreement with APC’s option, then what do you propose. This tactics of mudslinging the opposition whenever they present a position is no way forward.

        • ceecee

          Can’t you see you are alone here. Keep fooling yourself.

          • concernednigerian

            He is not alone. Neither is he fooling himself. He makes more sense than you’re willing to give him credit for.

          • Efe1

            ok

          • Okey

            The man who asserted that the Earth is spherical was alone at the time; he was even killed by your ilk in the majority.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            At least the man you refer to did not aspire nor claim to be a mind reader.

            I believe it is time you give your edentate, grandiloquent and garrulous mouth a sedentary.

            The President has not announced his intentions regarding whether he’d contest or otherwise and here you are already spouting off.

            Your ilk, thankfully, is in the minority.

          • Okey

            I am only talking about Mr President’s safety here of which your clients want to put to danger vide the method and tactics of their military wing -BH. But like your clients, you are shifting the focus and assigning to me an agendum I never announced that I have.

            Minority or majority, please do not travel to Jericho, Nigerians will decide on that and when they decide, don’t use our youths as cannon-fodders as you are wont to do.

            And mark you, lawyer, you have not disproved the fact that your “saintly progressives” scammed this nation of N109 Billion. Instead, you have resorted to invectives and I wonder if that is what makes a lawyer.

          • Chiemele

            Nigerian leaders are generally corrupt, we need a change. Am I alone in this?

        • AsuzaOwie

          Okey, this your post is the definition of insanity.

          • Okey

            Please, don’t get frustrated by the knowledge of the true character of your heroes. Challenge my assertion when you regain yourself, that’s the only way we will know who actually is insane.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Asuza,

            I beg, humbly, to disagree with you.

            I do not think Okey is insane, otherwise, he would have been cured by now.

            However, stupidity is incurable.

          • Okey

            In a village square, a man was asked by his kindred to explain how he spent their money. Rather that explain, the remain hurled “You all are ‘incurably stupid’ and ‘insane’ “. It is obvious that beyond that man’s kindred, the world now knows who actually is incurably stupid and insane.

            Challenge my assertion here and give your saints a clean bill of health and certificate. That’s the only thing that can prove your sanity and incurable wisdom.

          • Chiemele

            And who Okey is your saint, are you bold enough to confess him

        • Chiemele

          James also known as Okey, quit fooling yourself.

        • Mr Igbo Sanity

          Legitimate contracts for CBN projects!. Compare that to Jonathan/pdp 3.3 Trillion [20 billion dollars] unremmitted NNPC loot and aother nearly 4 Trillion naira [22 billion dollars] Neit jonathan/pdp loot!.
          APC CHANGE IS COMING!

          INSANITY is doing the same thing and expecting a different result!

        • Wähala

          How many ex-PDP Govs are facing trial or under investigation for mammoth fraud… from Ibori, Odilli, Alams to Ohakim? And, how many past or present APC Govs are on that list? I bet you don’t know… bcos you know nothing! Add all your billions and see if it totals the $20bn Dumbo and his PDP stole at our NNPC. Believe it or not, it’s no longer business-as-usual for your corrupt cabal, PDP. Clown!

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        This is what a distinguished Nigerian had to say to Mr. President just a couple of weeks ago –

        “For is it not a paradox that Lagos State government awarded 1.3km Epe-Lekki bridge of similar status to Julius Berger Plc and completed it at N29 billion; while the same company without competitive bid got 1.8km Second Niger Bridge at N117 billion, a whopping difference of N88 billion?”

        And he was neither Hausa, Fulani or Yoruba.

        And yet, we the Yorubas, have challenged Fash to account for this properly.

    • redeem

      Lagos Budgets N77.7 Billion as running cost for Gov Fashola’s office for 2014The huge and staggering money is considered outrageous, as there are no breakdowns as to what the money would be expended on. The money was just simply named; ‘operational cost (executive).

      The N77.7 billion took the lion share of the total overhead cost. Also, the government is earmarking N10.02 billion as subvention for tertiary institutions in the state.

      Under the overhead cost of N146.7 billion, N1.84 billion has been budgeted for buying fuel for government vehicles, while maintenance of office buildings would gulp N477.8 million as local travel and transport expenses stood at N899.9 million.

      The sum of N23.3 billion will be used in paying part of its outstanding debt for this year. The breakdown of this figure includes N922 million to be used in paying external debt loans and N22.423 billion to settle internal debt incurred by the government.

      Payment of staff salaries and allowances for this year is N71.4 billion as the Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA will spend N3.76 billion as transport fund this year.

      • Efe1

        11 planes, haba! your god gej is confused

        • redeem

          do u know the number of planes 77b will give fashola–that money is going into his pocket alone-

          • Efe1

            Fashola took away your Okada? My guy you seem to be loosing your mind in you aimless attack on the gov. Fashola is the face of good governance in Nigerian.

          • redeem

            i BEGI–which good governance–go to lagos and see the roads over there–how many hours does it take for one to reach the airport from Festac village-over 5hrs–let him confine his thoughts to fixing the roads-in Eko-his achievements are all newspaper hypes –there have never been a SINGLE GOVERNOR WHO CAME TO LAGOS AND WAS NOT NAMED AN ACTION GOVERNORS–FROM MILITARY TO CIVILIAN-77B JUST TO RUN HIS OFFICE 1.7B FOR FUEL–HABA

          • Sincerely Yours

            I don’t agree that it takes over 5hrs to get to Festac from the airport, and moreover, that road from the international airport to Festac, if I am not mistaken, is a federal govt. road. Don’t hang its poor maintenance on the Lagos State govt.

          • Chiemele

            If you wish to do a exposure on any APC led Government, presenta well researched article, if make a point people like me, detribalised and non party member will support. But bringing this up when the subject is GEJ’s wrong priorities, is rather distracting and that I believe is your intention. Sorry bro, if this is the best the Government can do, then they failed again.

    • Okey

      Lagos Budgets N77.7 Billion as running cost for Gov Fashola’s office
      for 2014The huge and staggering money is considered outrageous, as there
      are no breakdowns as to what the money would be expended on. The money
      was just simply named; ‘operational cost (executive).

      The N77.7 billion took the lion share of the total overhead cost.
      Also, the government is earmarking N10.02 billion as subvention for
      tertiary institutions in the state.

      Under the overhead cost of N146.7 billion, N1.84 billion has been
      budgeted for buying fuel for government vehicles, while maintenance of
      office buildings would gulp N477.8 million as local travel and transport
      expenses stood at N899.9 million.

      The sum of N23.3 billion will be used in paying part of its
      outstanding debt for this year. The breakdown of this figure includes
      N922 million to be used in paying external debt loans and N22.423
      billion to settle internal debt incurred by the government.

      Payment of staff salaries and allowances for this year is N71.4
      billion as the Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA
      will spend N3.76 billion as transport fund this year

      Courtesy of redeem

    • Okey

      This is truly what opposition in Nigeria is:

      (Courtesy redeem)

      Lagos Budgets N77.7 Billion as running cost for Gov Fashola’s office
      for 2014The huge and staggering money is considered outrageous, as there
      are no breakdowns as to what the money would be expended on. The money
      was just simply named; ‘operational cost (executive).

      The N77.7 billion took the lion share of the total overhead cost.
      Also, the government is earmarking N10.02 billion as subvention for
      tertiary institutions in the state.

      Under the overhead cost of N146.7 billion, N1.84 billion has been
      budgeted for buying fuel for government vehicles, while maintenance of
      office buildings would gulp N477.8 million as local travel and transport
      expenses stood at N899.9 million.

      The sum of N23.3 billion will be used in paying part of its
      outstanding debt for this year. The breakdown of this figure includes
      N922 million to be used in paying external debt loans and N22.423
      billion to settle internal debt incurred by the government.

      Payment of staff salaries and allowances for this year is N71.4
      billion as the Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA
      will spend N3.76 billion as transport fund this year.

    • redeem

      u mean a government that budgeted 1.7b to buy only fuel in lagos state’ U must be crazy man-

    • eBusiness

      Can they also work and provide same analysis on reducing their jumbo pay that is almost 25% of the nations budget. I hate open hypocrisy, they remain the problem this country has!!!!! hahaha!!!!

      • Night Crawler

        What has GEJ ever done before APC came popular, apart from treasuring looting, which GEJ is known for what has he done in this great nation??

    • Night Crawler

      Change is gradually coming to this great nation, and it will come to pass come 2015 general election

  • omokidew

    Totally makes sense. Am with them on this one

    • John

      Also, the APC lawmakers in NASS should reduced their salaries and allowances as an example, before i will take them seriously. Period

      • craig

        Not just the APC, the whole of NASS.

        • John

          Since the APC member want good governance as they just stated. What is wrong if they tell us that reducing their own allowances and salaries by 50%, they will put it in one capital project. Then they can come out here and sanctimonise to us.
          They are playing to the gallery, period.
          Meanwhile, has Liar Mohammed replied Lisa Methu on the 85billion Naira they received from CBN?
          Nonsense. APC is no change, only the fools will believe them.

          • AsuzaOwie

            John, how much are you paid to do this? is it worth it?

          • John

            Truth must be said. And may I also ask you, how much were you paid too.
            Nonsense.
            We also have a moral duty to point out the ills of this opposition party, or they will think that we are all fools and take all of us to the cleansers.

          • Chiemele

            Don’t stop at the ills of the opposition party. I hate corruption do you? Does not matter who, what party. tribe or religion. I truly feel pained and sick watching a nation so blessed being reaped apart while the elites indulge bad traits while relishing life in countries where the leaders are accountable. Are we cursed. If you are indeed mouthing for the Govt for a stipend, think. The Nation belongs to our children and is what we make of it now.

          • I Hate Sycophant Truly

            Do you even read others comments, someone had writen which I did read that two wrongs does not make a right. Are you aware that the president can push for the reduction of the NASS salaries and allowances but since he placed some of them there as rubber stamp, he cannot talk, hence they go against him the next day. It’s greatly possible to reduce emoluments by pushing for executive bill but reduced their powers to seek favours from the NASS members.

          • greenlight774

            What is the allowances and salaries of Jonathan and his gang of criminal ministers?

          • Okey

            Salary plus allowances, an APC legislator in NASS earns more than Jonathan. Each APC saint there collects N37 Million every quarter (every 3 months) as “Allowances. This is aside from his/her monthly salary of N1.3 Million. These translate to N13.5 Million a month.

            APC must show example by cutting down on this outrageous “earnings” by announcing that, in all,an APC member will not receive more N3 Million a month.

        • Okey

          APC lawmakers must first show example, unless they are no longer “progressives”

      • Dan maikoko

        The trouble with Nigeria is that the only person to make the NASS reduce their salaries is buying more jets to add to a fleet of 11.

        • Pete

          That’s not true. You know that if Jonathan reduces their salaries which isn’t his duty they will impeach him.
          It’s only Nigerians that can insist that they reduce their salaries. Leave Jonathan out of it; you lead the charge!

          • I Hate Sycophant Truly

            Mr. Man do you know how they run governance at all. Mr. President can push for their emoluments reduction if really he wants to do a great service to the nation.

          • Okey

            “Power of the purse” lies with legislature, that’s why APC is directing its members to use this power against Jonathan. If APC is honest, it should start by appealing to their members to have mercy on this nation by leading by example, that is, cutting down their outrageous allowances.

          • I Hate Sycophant Truly

            Are you ignorant of executive bill. This emanate from the executive only. This is not religion or monarchy system of government.

          • Okey

            You miserably and irredeemably ignorant.

          • Chiemele

            What of the President start by declaring his assets, that is moral persuasion. My people say when the yam gets rotten, it starts from the head.

          • Pete

            Where will he push it, in the National Assembly? Can’t stop laughing!

          • Chiemele

            Please tell me why we voted for the “Man who had no shoes”

        • John

          . . . So what moral right have they to query the executive.
          Did they need GEJ to persuade them?.
          Did he ask them to do this one they are doing now.
          They are not serious, when they are serious we will know.

          • I Hate Sycophant Truly

            You need to change your name from John to Judas. Because the John in the Bible I know stood for the righteous thing. John the Beloved, John the Baptist, they are true servants of Jesus Christ and even have epistle writen on their names. In one portion of the book of John he urged us to know the truth, because it will set us free, JOHN 8:32. Pls change that name before you heap a hot coal on your head.

          • John

            For saying the truth?
            I will just say to you “Get behind me Satan”

          • I Hate Sycophant Truly

            Where is that truth you say. All I can see in your defence is partisanship. Read this may be it may delight you, quote and unquote,”Human rights activist and lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, has called for attitudinal change among young Nigerians, saying that dreaming big without having the right attitude would lead to failure. He expressed sadness that the country’s youths want the best things of life without working for it”

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            John, coming from your earlier post asking for the NASAs to reduce their jumbo allowances, this is a step backward.

  • sirjoka

    Lets see what Maku or Okupe will say about these all.
    Imagine if the opposition parties in this Country behaved like this right from 1999?
    Where will we be @?

  • sirjoka

    Lets see what Maku or Okupe will say about these all.
    Imagine if the opposition parties in this Country behaved like this right from 1999?
    Where will we be @?

    • John

      The APC governors should also allow us to see their state budget.
      Gov Fashola will be using N79billion to run governors office alone.
      After, the Republicans fought Obama over budget, who came out more bruised than the other. . .
      APC is playing to the gallery. Period.

      • craig

        What will it profit you if GEJ buy another private jet and renovate Asu Rock @ N3B? Fashola is not the president of Nigeria. He is one 36 governors will have in Nigeria. Why are you trying to equate him to the president and separate him from other governors. For once, let’s support a progressive move. We can’t always be blinded to partisanship.

        • John

          When they are not showing example.
          Bro, charity begins at home.
          Go and see the budget of Lagos state and you will knew that GEJ and FG are prudent.
          Until they start showing example, by their lawmakers reducing their own allowances and salaries, as well as their state governors showing more transparency. i will never take them seriously. Period

          • Dan maikoko

            Its age old that two wrongs dont make a right, but running an office and the purchase of a new aircraft to add to a fleet of 11 already are not comparable. A reckless governor of lagos will effect only the people living in lagos state, but a reckless president will affect all the nation.

          • John

            Bros, he who goes to equity must go with a clean hand, unless when you are confronted with you own dirty hand, you will not have the moral right to purse your own side of the argument.

        • Okey

          So you will make a life profit if you turn a blind eye to Fashola (APC’s) N79 Billion for upkeep of office ?

      • AsuzaOwie

        You miss the point. If what you say about Fashola’s budget is true, which I don’t know, then let the opposition party in Lagos and other Nigerians like you and I bring it to public discourse. The fact that one person does a bad thing and gets away with it does not mean we should accept that same conduct from others. How can we ever get better if that is our mindset?

        • John

          This is why i said the FG and GEJ is more democratic.

          Non of the APC states will allow the opposition thrive as they are doing to the President..
          Who told you that people are not complaining in Lagos. . .Why are we commenting on it on this forum, because the APC has a moral burden on them.

      • I Hate Sycophant Truly

        Use your brain guy and be patriotic.

    • redeem

      Lagos Budgets N77.7 Billion as running cost for Gov Fashola’s office for 2014The huge and staggering money is considered outrageous, as there are no breakdowns as to what the money would be expended on. The money was just simply named; ‘operational cost (executive).

      The N77.7 billion took the lion share of the total overhead cost. Also, the government is earmarking N10.02 billion as subvention for tertiary institutions in the state.

      Under the overhead cost of N146.7 billion, N1.84 billion has been budgeted for buying fuel for government vehicles, while maintenance of office buildings would gulp N477.8 million as local travel and transport expenses stood at N899.9 million.

      The sum of N23.3 billion will be used in paying part of its outstanding debt for this year. The breakdown of this figure includes N922 million to be used in paying external debt loans and N22.423 billion to settle internal debt incurred by the government.

      Payment of staff salaries and allowances for this year is N71.4 billion as the Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA will spend N3.76 billion as transport fund this year.

      • King Carlos

        That is the work of the opposition party in Lagos, they are meant to keep the ruling party on his feet, just like APC is doing at the national level. So if the opposition parties decide to be mute in Lagos, then Fashola will get away with it

      • King Carlos

        That is the work of the opposition party in Lagos, they are meant to keep the ruling party on his feet, just like APC is doing at the national level. So if the opposition parties decide to be mute in Lagos, then Fashola will get away with it

  • Leslie

    Let’s wait for the PDP fans to start commenting.They probably wouldn’t comprehend after reading.They’re allergic to progressive deeds and ideas,just like their representatives in govt.

  • Omooba

    It Is a new beginning for Nigeria. the darkness hour is now at dawn!

  • Tunde

    This make sense, kudos APC. I know the hawks in the Presidency and the PDP will dismiss this as usual, still, they should block attempts to pass it without effecting this changes.

  • Juokorow

    Jamaicans have a saying that “one-one cocoa, full basket”. One billion here and one billion there can quickly add up to significant amounts that can be used for capital projects. Like the foolish legislator who had the audacity to state that the total budget of our law makers is “only” 3% of the nation’s total, I am certain that some folks will chant that the presidential plane and palace amounts are “only this” and “only that”. How I wish that they would tarry to consider the opportunity cost of the new plane. How many hospitals, for example, can we build with the new plane’s budget? The president ” nogo-die if e no buy new plane.” Our fellow ordinary people will die daily due to inadequate hospitals. New plane versus hospitals, which would you choose as our priority!

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Where are the anti-APC folks? Their cacophony has become a muffle, and I am chuckling!!!

  • ceecee

    I think the best hope for Nigeria is a vibrant opposition party. Let one checkmate the other. What APC is doing is very healthy for our democracy. You can argue all you like, one very powerful party like PDP has not been good for us.

    • Night Crawler

      the only thing they are good in is looting public funds, they haven’t archived anything since 1999

  • Okey

    We must see their “directive” for what it is: Having refused to step down for them or not
    to re-contest, they now want Jonathan to die in air-crash. That is what their directive is, simply and squarely.

    Knowing very well that PDP members are still more than APC in number in the National Assembly, the ultimate result of APC directive is stalemate in the National Assembly which will snow-ball to the larger society thereby making the nation “ungovernable” which is the original intention of majority of old and new APC leaders since the PDP primaries of 2011 where they failed to re-establish their born-to-rule selves.

    • greenlight774

      Woow ………So without the 11th plane, Jonathan will die in air-crash?

      • Okey

        Lagos Budgets N77.7 Billion as running cost for Gov Fashola’s office
        for 2014The huge and staggering money is considered outrageous, as there
        are no breakdowns as to what the money would be expended on. The money
        was just simply named; ‘operational cost (executive).

        The N77.7 billion took the lion share of the total overhead cost.
        Also, the government is earmarking N10.02 billion as subvention for
        tertiary institutions in the state.

        Under the overhead cost of N146.7 billion, N1.84 billion has been
        budgeted for buying fuel for government vehicles, while maintenance of
        office buildings would gulp N477.8 million as local travel and transport
        expenses stood at N899.9 million.

        The sum of N23.3 billion will be used in paying part of its
        outstanding debt for this year. The breakdown of this figure includes
        N922 million to be used in paying external debt loans and N22.423
        billion to settle internal debt incurred by the government.

        Payment of staff salaries and allowances for this year is N71.4
        billion as the Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA
        will spend N3.76 billion as transport fund this year.

        courtesy of redeem

        • Chiemele

          Too many repetitions, compose something new

  • SamPsalm

    Clearly a constructive contribution which should be circumspectly considered by the National Assembly. Please, let’s leave President GEJ and his attack dogs out of this. He has done his bit: presented the budget proposal. It is now the duty of the National Assembly to source intelligence from relevant quarters in passing a Nigeria-friendly budget in 2014. The APC suggestions are part of that intelligence source

  • Pete

    While the APC may not be altruistic in these proposals because of its sordid antecedents and power-hunger, they are no doubt what you’d call constructive suggestions. And are worthy of support by all Nigerians.
    If APC continues this way some of us might begin to take them more seriously rather the poor copy of bad PDP that they seem to be at the moment.

    • tony t

      Strong opposition good for democracy…I think some folks are b hire to comment on this site every day….. otherwise I don’t see the reason why any honest, intellect ,non tribal non religious Nigerian can get up in the morning and put their fingers on keyboard and type.this present government is good….

  • Praise

    Good work APC. More grease to your elbows. But ensure corruption is also eradicated in all APC states as well. We want a change, no more People’s Destruction Party.

    • Night Crawler

      I wonder what GEJ thinks, how come he only thinks about himself, while life is not comfortable for her citizens

  • frank

    Has the national assembly finally woken up to its duties? To speak for the people of this country. Thank Good Lord .

    • John

      Do not be fooled at all.
      Until they reduce they emoluments. period

      • Night Crawler

        Is that why GEJ wants to by a private get of N3bn, after looting $20bn

  • BlackieUmukoro

    APC did not comment on the Jumbo ONE HUNDRED FIFTY BILLION NAIRA allocation to the National Assembly on an ANNUAL BASIS, since 2011 and to remain at that same sum until 2016. The breakdown is known only to national assembly memebers. If the backward APC is desirous of saving money for Nigeria, they should start with this, but they CANNOT, because the returns from their members will be affected. Big time crooks, they all are

  • Comfortkay

    This PDP will finish Nigeria until the bathroom cleaner among them will become a Billionaire, if this report is correct and true, I salute the work of the APC in National Assembly, and having said that how many plan does a country like Nigeria need, this Present administration is a disaster for Nigeria.

    • Night Crawler

      true talk, some e-PDP rats will come here and start saying rubbish

  • j4p

    Let APC name shadow ministers for all subjects in the constitution. The party should make constructive contributions to good governance and not just criticism.

    • Night Crawler

      APC governors in their state has shown that APC will make Nigeria a better greater, GEJ/PDP has make Nigeria miserable for her citizen, they will all me swept out come 2015

  • ceweeco projects

    Dear GEJ, Proverbs 2:1
    My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,

    Proverbs 2:9
    Then you will understand what is right and just and fair–every good path.

    Proverbs 19:20
    Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
    With God on your side, the enemies will be put to shame.

  • Mr Igbo Sanity

    This is the definition of CHANGE! APC CHANGE IS COMING! WELCOME TO NEW NIGERIA 2015!

    APC Federal Government from 2015 shall move this nation forward like never before. When you cast your vote for APC change in 2015, just know you have contributed in no small part to the birth of New Nigeria.

    APC must run the Federal government from 2015 to at least 2023, so that Nigerians can compare APC Government to 15 Years of Deaths of thousands of Nigerians, Corruption and Impunity of the largest corrupt party in the world, the pdp.

    INSANITY is defined as doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Anybody supporting the discredited 15 year pdp SEWER OF CORRUPTION does not believe in moving Nigeria forward!

    • Night Crawler

      14 years and nothing to show for it, they should find one place and go and never come back, they have no where to stay again in Nigeria, because they have put darkness in Nigeria over 14 years, Change is the only constant thing in this world and it will come to pass in Nigeria next year

  • Chiemele

    Kudos APC, Good thinking, good alternative. You may yet be the desired alternative to a clueless profilgate PDP.