There have been rumours circulating online that the 2024 Appropriation Bill included a substantial sum for the refurbishment of the president’s mansion; however, Chief of Staff (CoS) Femi Gbajabiamila has denied these claims.
Claims that N10bn was allocated for the restoration of the Chief of Staff apartment and N10.1bn for his computer software have sparked an outcry, particularly on social media.
While the 2024 Appropriation Bill did not include funding for Gbajabiamila’s home restoration, he continued by saying that he continues to reside in his private apartment in an official X account post.
He claimed that the online quote covered the renovations at the Vice President’s Lodge in Lagos and the Presidential Quarters at Dodan Barracks.
Bringing the Presidency’s information management and communications facilities up to date and providing vehicles for the personnel are also part of the refurbishment, according to the former House Speaker.
The 2024 Appropriation Bill does not include funding to renovate the home of the President’s chief of staff. This has become an important point to explain. What he meant was that he lived at his private apartment.
Responsibility and involvement grounded in facts, not insinuations, are necessary for a healthy public discourse about government policies, according to Gbajabiamila.