The State House and several Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government are to share over N1.119bn on foodstuffs, meals, refreshments and welfare packages as contained in the 2017 budget.
The National Assembly had passed a budget of N7.441tn on Thursday, last week.
The Appropriation Bill (budget) has yet to be signed into law by the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, but he might do so this week.
The State House would buy foodstuffs and make other provisions for catering in excess of N123.5m while a separate N97.5m will be expended on ‘refreshments and meals’.
The President’s Office has another sub-head on ‘foodstuffs and catering supplies’ with a vote of N114.9m, while under the same heading for the Vice-President’s office, there is a provision of N53.4m. In 2016, the vote on feeding and refreshments for the President’s office was N104.7m.
The Lagos Liaison Office of the State House is not left out as it has N7.4m for meals and another N8.3m for supplies.
The Ministry of Education and some of its listed parastatals will spend over N126m on refreshments, meals and sundry packages this year.
In the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, the figure is N29.8m for the main ministry and listed parastatals, while in the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, up to N17.012m will go for tea, coffee, confectionery and other consumables.
For the Ministry of Justice and listed parastatals, N15.8m will be spent on meals and refreshments; N14.5m in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources; N12m in the Ministry of Women Affairs; N11.5m in the Ministry of Niger Delta; and N3m in the Ministry of Water Resources.
Similarly, Police Formations and Commands are to spend N25.8m on refreshments and the Ministry of Power, Works/Housing will spend N39m, while the Ministry of Interior and its listed agencies have a provision of N18.5m.
At the Ministry of Information and Culture, refreshments will cost N30.3m this year and N40.2m at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.