Fidelity bank card banner Emerald Energy Institute Camano banner

Saraki rejects N6b official residence, clarifies N330m cars

By Mayowa Okekale, Abuja on 28/02/2016

Gmail icon

Views: 2,852


Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has rejected moves by the present administration to build a new official residence for him worth N6 billion. His Special Adviser, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, disclosed this while reacting to yesterday’s publication by Premium Times claiming that the Senate President just took delivery of cars worth N300 million.

Olaniyonu said in a statement: “Just last week, Dr. Saraki was informed that the Ministry of FCT in its 2016 budget proposed a N6 billion estimate for the construction of the official residence of the Senate President. He outrightly rejected the proposal and directed Senator Dino Melaye, Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT to bring down the cost to one billion naira.

“He enthused that it should be made known to the Ministry that if it cannot construct the building with N1 billion then they should leave out the project entirely till after his tenure, saying he will rather stay in his present abode.

“It should therefore be noted that if Dr. Saraki can demonstrate frugality and responsible leadership in a matter that saved the country so much money, how can it then be presented as if purchase of cars is a big issue that he cares so much about? Those who know the antecedent of the Senate President know that there is no type of vehicle that can excite him at this stage in his life.”

Olaniyonu faulted the claims about the cars. He said: “It was wrong for Premium Times to classify vehicles provided for security agencies like the police and State Security Service by the National Assembly management for their operations as vehicles bought for the Senate President.

“It is an obvious fact that the official and spare cars that the Senate President inherited and has been using are old and have been malfunctioning.

“There are instances like the day Dr. Saraki visited Keffi for the marriage of the daughter of Senator Abdullahi Adamu and another day at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport that the spare vehicle broke down. In both instances, the spare vehicle did not return home with the convoy.

“The same vehicle had malfunctioned at the Presidential Villa and National Mosque on different occasions. It is for this reason that the Senate President approved that instead of providing two vehicles for him as he is entitled, only one should be bought to replace the official vehicle while the old official car should be converted to spare car.

“Also, if the National Assembly Management chose to provide operational vehicles for Security Agencies, should that be presented as if they are personal or official vehicles meant for the use of Dr. Saraki? These are vehicles that cannot be used for other purposes and by other people. The Senate President also have no control over the security vehicles.

“It is also surprising that despite the fact that Premium Times in the same story reported that the order for the vehicle was made in December, it chose to calculate the value of the vehicles based on current exchange rate of the naira to the dollar. This is obviously a mischief aimed at making the figure look huge and justify the screaming headline.”

Olaniyonu said the press should avoid deliberately inciting members of the public against public officials, assuring that the Senate President and his colleagues are conscious of the economic situation in the country and will continue to act responsibly and responsively.

•Photo shows Dr. Saraki.

Source News Express

Posted 28/02/2016 7:43:39 PM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Arrest, detention of Radio Biafra Director a case...

NSE clears MTN for listing in Nigeria

Ex-SMEDAN Boss docked for alleged N104.7m money laundering,...

Declare emergency on economy, PDP tells FG

Mother, two children die after ‘Amala’ meal, father...

Ministers weep as Osinbajo chairs valedictory session for...

Arik Air to train Presidential Air Fleet pilots...

Senate Committee on Minimum Wage gets interim chairman...

Libelous Advertorial: LEADERSHIP, BusinessDAY apologise to Dangote

El-Rufai: Surmounting challenges of the next 2 years,...

FCTA demolishes Patience Jonathan’s property

Buhari’s sickness: Group issues one week ultimatum, challenges...

 

Latest News Next Level in top gear, By Nkiru Jasper ATIKU: Tragedy of ambition, By Diyyam Warru Buhari’s tribunal victory raises hope for 2023 Igbo presidency Court-Martial: Army General on trial over alleged stolen N400 million loses round one More facts on the rise and fall of Ex-Governor Ambode How Olamide failed to save rapper who committed suicide Soyinka descends heavily on Buhari administration, slams charges against Sowore Constituency projects: Our findings will shock Nigerians – ICPC Afenifere to Osinbajo: Don’t bow to pressure to resign •Says stripping of VP’s functions sign of division in Presidency International auditors to probe NDDC’s N2tr debt How I was forced into 41-day dry fasting — Troubled SS1 student FHC, Justice John Tsoho disassociate selves from CUPP’s allegations

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (542,707 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (443,927 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (390,424 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (327,260 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (295,438 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (254,073 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (250,387 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (239,333 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (232,064 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (218,066 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (196,324 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (193,900 views)

 

CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (102) Business & Economy (4,454) Business Verdict (81) Columnists (1,113) Complaints & Requests (96) Enterprise & Opportunities (216) Entertainment (667) Features (815) Global Business Monitor (446) ICT Monitor (63) International (3,973) Interview (204) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (171) Maggie's Blog (418) News (51,614) Opinion (1,365) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,471) Religion (1,104) Sports (2,173) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera