By Lawrence Olaoye
The Permanent Secretary State House, Mr Jalal Arabi, has said that some operational vehicles in the Presidency have become difficult to maintain.
According to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by Mr. Atta Esa, Deputy Director (Information) in the Presidency, the Permanent Secretary made this disclosure yesterday when he led his management team to the National Assembly for the defence of the 2020 budget proposals of the State House before the House of Representatives committee on Special Duties chaired by Hon. Samaila Suleiman.
He told the committee that some of the vehicles used for daily operations in the State House were purchased as far back as 1999.
Arabi said there was an urgent need to replace those vehicles as they have become very difficult to maintain.
“With the release of funds in 2018, some of the vehicles, especially security vehicles were replaced, spares purchased but we are still nowhere near our optimal level since no vehicles were purchased this year (2019),” he said.
Arabi continued, “the proposals are in line with our provisions in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) document, discussed and agreed with the Budget Office of the Federation, and is to be implemented over a three-year period.”
The sum of N6.569billion was proposed for capital expenditure, representing a 5.5 per cent reduction in the capital budget proposal for 2019 expenditure of the seat of government.
The Committee’s Chairman, while expressing satisfaction with the presentation, assured that the panel would carefully consider the presentation.
Similarly, the Permanent Secretary defended the State House budget proposals before the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter governmental Affairs.