Ex-president’s pay captured in 2017 budget



Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr. Babachir David Lawal has disclosed that former presidents will get their outstanding allowances in 2017.

He told the Senate on Monday that the payments were captured in the 2017 budget.

Lawal spoke when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Federal Character to defend the budget of his office.

Vice Chairman of the Committee, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi had asked the SGF to respond to the non-payment of former presidents’ allowances.

Hunkuyi, who represents Kaduna North lawmaker said a situation where former leaders were being owed was unacceptable.

The SGF responded that funds “for the former presidents’ allowances were sufficiently covered in the 2017 budget.”

He said they will also get new cars during the year as part of their entitlements, adding that N400 million was proposed for purchase of the vehicles.

Lawal did not disclose the total amount of the outstanding allowances, but revealed that the funds were part of the N9.88 billion proposed by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in the 2017 budget.

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