Senate Stops Patience Jonathan’s N4 Billion First Ladies’ Mission House Project

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June 6th, 2013 – Senate Stops Patience Jonathan’s N4 Billion First Ladies’ Mission House Project

The Senate on Wednesday dropped the controversial African First Ladies’ Peace Mission House project when it passed the N259.65bn budget of the Federal Capital Territory for the 2013 fiscal year without approving the N4bn appropriated for it.

In February when the budget proposal was brought to the National Assembly, it contained N4bn vote for the construction of the mission house in Abuja, a development that attracted a lot of criticisms from members of the public.

The Senate, during the second reading of the bill, questioned the rationale of committing scarce resources to prosecute a less important structure.
Civil rights groups and political parties had also berated the Federal Capital Territory Administration for budgeting N4bn for the construction of the building for a non-governmental body headed by the wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan.

They had contended that since the Federal Government had earlier declared the mission as a non-governmental organisation, it would be inappropriate for the same government to spend public funds on it.

Presenting the budget report on Wednesday, the Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Smart Adeyemi, said, “It is worthy of note that the proposed appropriation for the construction of building for the African First Ladies’ Peace Mission has been distributed to meet pressing needs in the area of engineering and satellite towns.”

A breakdown of the budget showed that N48.03bn was approved for personnel matters; N49.5bn for overhead; N97.54bn for recurrent expenditure; and N155.66bn as capital expenditure.

Adeyemi said the budget was predicated on a projected revenue of N259.698bn with a fiscal surplus of N645,666.

He also said that in carrying out its oversight duties, the committee identified critical areas of need for the development of the territory and to ensure improved standard of living for its inhabitants.

[Report culled from Punch]

15 thoughts on “Senate Stops Patience Jonathan’s N4 Billion First Ladies’ Mission House Project

  1. Whats the difference between the house and the first woman. Here is a country where the electricity company gives you a bill N200 in a month and collects a fixed charge of N500 and nobody is bothered. Examine those estimates and you ‘ll be amazed.

  2. O…..o…..l…..e,4bn naira 2 construct mission house. O ga gan o,I don’t know what dis NIGERIA is turnin into.

  3. sani abacha ,maryam ,stella and our belive president shewu all die, u mrs patience u will die 1 day,u can live for ever,4 billions house for first lady mission, whre student finish no jobs,no light,few good roads in country e.t.c.

  4. whr deir is no stable electricity,no gud road, gud jobs for d uth, nd one head is usin 4bn 4 aus project mogbe Nigeria leda whr ar u leadin us to?.

  5. notin weh person no go hear, is dat d most important thin now in naija, madam first lady, no gud roads, d health care sector is bad, u pple go abroad 4 treatment, no much job oppurtunity, education sector not too gud, power zero, d poor mases are gettin poorer, haba in naija here is all about survival of d fittest. Why cant such money b invested properly. Na waa it just a mater of time. We hope to see naija improve.

  6. Ha ha …..useless last lady that called herself (first Lady)…buh y iz it dah pple at tymz dnt remember their background once dae get to d top post….dae 4get d whom dae re …Iya (egbere Jonnathan) u wil nva succeed wif diz selfish interest of urs……Ha hahhhhhhhh #4bn 4mission house….and any first lady dah support diz erandizement insha allah ur unborn children wil surely pay 4it……[email protected]

  7. Luk at d educ sector, our children are stil learnin unda d tree, teachas ar nt paid as wen due. Gvt is owin us up n down left n rite, den 4b 4 jst a hous. Haba, rmemba ur early days of litle beginin nd tink twic.

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