Temitope Ajayi, the senior special to President Bola Tinubu on media and publicity, has debunked rumor that the president asked for a presidential yacht.
In a statement, Ajayi said that the president doesn’t need a yacht to perform the functions of his office and that the request for a yacht came from the Nigerian Navy.
He also said that the budget office should be in a position to explain to the public why such expenditure should be accommodated now, considering the country’s economic situation.
Ajayi also criticized the media for poor reporting on the State House budget, saying that it is always reduced to the President and Vice President. He said that the budget is for the entire State House, which includes hundreds of staff, and that it is not spent essentially to feed the President and Vice President.
Ajayi’s statement comes after Nigerians on social media criticized the provisions in the supplementary budget, including the N5.09 billion allocated for a presidential yacht and the N2.9 billion for sport utility vehicles for the Presidential Villa.
It is important to say that journalism should enrich public enlightenment and not create an atmosphere of siege. It is poor reporting to always reduce State House budgetary provisions to the President and Vice President.— Temitope Ajayi (@TheTope_Ajayi) November 2, 2023
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