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Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by dre11(m): 7:44am On May 02, 2016
• Many reside in dingy hotels, ask for N20m to rent secure, fit and proper homes in Abuja

By Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja

Six months after President Muhammadu Buhari swore in his ministers, most of them have still not settled down in Abuja and are groaning because the N4 million approved by the president as their yearly accommodation allowance have not been able to rent any meaningful house in Abuja, THISDAY has learnt.

The N4 million, THISDAY findings reviewed, can only rent flats and not homes, and giving the need for security, those flats which have many other tenants in the building, are not secure or fit for purpose.

Usually, accommodation for ministers, special advisers and other political office holders is quickly resolved shortly after their swearing-in to enable them settle down to their official responsibilities.
But owing to the inadequacy of the funds approved for their accommodation by Buhari, some ministers have been forced to stay in dingy hotels or squat with friends and relatives, it was gathered.

The ministers, THISDAY learnt, are concerned that it would be next to impossible for them to get accommodation befitting their offices with N4 million in Abuja and have repeatedly appealed to Buhari to review it upwards to N20 million per annum, but their request has been turned down.

According to a source in the presidency, “In a bid to make their case, all the ministers who had formed a committee on the issue of their accommodation met with Buhari last week Wednesday, but he rejected their request because his hands are tied by the Remuneration Act, even though he empathises with their situation.

“They were asking for N20 million per annum for their accommodation. But prior to last week’s meeting, several other options had been proposed, including buying an estate or the FCDA (Federal Capital Development Authority) building one, but these were considered expensive and dropped.

“The final option was the request for N20 million per annum, because some ministers are squatting in Abuja and the situation is impacting on their jobs.”

However, the president was said to have balked at increasing the accommodation allowance to N20 million on the grounds that the administration could suffer a backlash from the public.

The source also explained that the N4 million approved by the president was in line with the current remuneration package for public office holders in the ministerial cadre set by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) under the Remuneration Act of 2007.

Under the current package, ministers are entitled to N4,052,800 as housing allowance per annum. The housing allowance is 200 per cent of a minister’s annual remuneration.

They are also entitled to N6,079,200 as furniture allowance. The furniture allowance is 300 per cent of a minister’s annual salary.

But unlike the housing allowance, the furniture allowance is paid once in four years. This means the furniture allowance per annum is N1,519,800.

THISDAY also gathered that ministers will be entitled to N8,105,600 as motor vehicle allowance, but will come in the form of a loan repayable by the end of a minister’s tenure.

However, aides of the ministers conversant with the problem, informed THISDAY that some compromise would have to be reached so that the ministers could find decent accommodation in Abuja.

“We hope there will be a meeting point over what the president has approved for the ministers and the special advisers who are on the same level, as the N4 million is not realistic at all.

“Some of these public office holders were past governors and chief executives in private concerns before they were appointed, and it will be unfair to downgrade their living standards,” one ministerial aide stated.

He added that the nature of their jobs also requires some ministers to host local and foreign dignitaries at their residences when they visit Abuja.

“By virtue of their office, some ministers such as those in charge of foreign affairs, budget and national planning, finance, trade and investment, health, and education, among others, often host foreign dignitaries from missions, embassies and international or multilateral donor agencies. Accordingly, they would need befitting accommodation.

“It would not be in our interest for such dignitaries to be hosted in tiny flats or in far flung suburbs outside the metropolis, which is what the N4 million can afford at the moment. Besides, there might also be security concerns about allowing ministers to live in such suburbs or even hosting foreign dignitaries there.

“Right now, the absence of accommodation also means that many of them have not been able to relocate their families and have been shuttling on a regular basis to cater to the home front. Realistically, that will be a distraction that the administration could do without,” the aide said.

Another aide, who preferred not to be named, blamed the problem on the monetisation programme of the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, resulting in the sale of official residences built for ministers and other top government functionaries in Abuja.

“In the past, former ministers lived in purpose-built spacious mansions in Maitama, the Ministers’ Hill, also in Maitama, and the Ministers’ Quarters in Mabushi, which were all within the Abuja metropolis.

“But those official residences were sold to former ministers. So their successors have had to rent accommodation starting with the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
“And with the N4 million approved by President Buhari, it is next to impossible for the ministers to rent anything decent,” the source said.

He added that the problem does not just apply to ministers but also the principal officers of the National Assembly.

“The Obasanjo administration should not have sold the official residences of the Senate president, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and their deputies to Senator David Mark, Hon. Dimeji Bankole, and others.

“Today, the FCDA is spending billions of naira building another set of official residences for the National Assembly’s principal officers. Had the government retained them, billions could have been saved in building a new set of residences for the leadership of parliament,” he said.

A survey carried out by THISDAY revealed that a four to five-bedroom detached house in Wuse II, Abuja, goes for anywhere between N8 million to N10 million per annum. The rate is almost the same in Gwarinpa Phase 1 and Utako, Abuja, while a four-bedroom detached house in Maitama or Asokoro goes for between N10 million and N15 million per annum.


http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2016/05/02/accommodation-crisis-hits-buharis-ministers/

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by otukpo(f): 7:45am On May 02, 2016
This one na story.

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by eyeview: 7:49am On May 02, 2016
Prior to May 29,1999, adequate accomodations were built for these ministers aand principla officers but Obj sold off everything to the past occupants.

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by Pavarottii(m): 7:53am On May 02, 2016
It's change nau. Let dem enjoy it. Shebi them say no money to pay 56,000 minimum wage. But one drunkard is asking for 20million for where he will lay his head. If they can't add their money to the 4million. They should resign or squat or pay hotel.

Good riddance.

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by ijustdey: 8:06am On May 02, 2016
Six months after President Muhammadu Buhari
swore in his ministers, most of them have still
not settled down in Abuja and are groaning
because the N4 million approved by the president
as their yearly accommodation allowance have
not been able to rent any meaningful house in
Abuja, THISDAY has learnt.

The N4 million, THISDAY findings reviewed, can
only rent flats and not homes, and giving the
need for security, those flats which have many
other tenants in the building, are not secure or fit
for purpose.


but most if not all the ministerial appointing are made men nah.....


why can't they use their Abuja homes as their accommodation since the money they are asking for for decent accommodation isn't forte coming....

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by donbenedict(m): 8:13am On May 02, 2016
Trash, they are all rich.

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by modath(f): 8:14am On May 02, 2016
eyeview:
Prior to May 29,1999, adequate accomodations were built for these ministers and principal officers but Obj sold off everything to the past occupants.

That sale was one of the most Ashy Moves of Life that Obasanjo made aswear.....

Some Legislators who only served one term bought their houses & are now letting them out at crazy rates!!!

Some.civil servants that have retired to their villages are charging currently serving civil servants an arm and a leg to rent from them while they ball like kings in their villages..

Some members of the committee set up for the sale manufactured fictitious names and bought as much as 10 (1 per person was the approved plan) for themselves while some inhabitants couldn't get the ones they were occupying as at then... Hence it was possible for Saraki to buy 3 houses...

This country is a cluster bleep of messed up nonsense!!

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by jimi4us: 8:15am On May 02, 2016
I smell looting spree when the budget is later signed. For that thisday findings, a duplex in maitama is N25,000,000 per annum. But why will this government officials say they can't live with other people in a block. Them be God?

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by obailala(m): 8:17am On May 02, 2016
Any minister who thinks N4m is too small for a proper accommodation in Abuja should top the money from his pocket or should honorably resign. Befitting accommodation indeed!

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by SamuelAnyawu(m): 8:26am On May 02, 2016
Rubbish
A good 3bedroom flat goes for 3.5mill in Wuse2..Any Minister who can't endure should resign...

I hope they know some federal government workers after 35 years of active service are not paid up to 3million as gratuity.
Super humans indeed cool cool cool cool cool

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by Femich18(m): 8:31am On May 02, 2016
Nigerians are the greatest problem of Nigerians...May God help us

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by omowolewa: 8:32am On May 02, 2016
They want to buy huses in Asokoro abi?
They have enough to buy houses in Kubuwa or Gwagwalada.

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by Islie: 9:32am On May 02, 2016
so austerity measures reach them side too





I didn't hear such complain during the previous adminstration.....

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by VampireeM(f): 9:37am On May 02, 2016
those ministers are crazy oo. they are asking for 20million each just for housing allowance alone? so even Amaechi that looted Rivers dry is also asking for that? fayemi thinks it was those days when he slept on a 2billion bed....
if these ministers cant manage the 4million and join their money to rent a house, then they should resign cause they dont ve the interest of Nigeria @ heart. THIEVES

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by wildchild1: 9:55am On May 02, 2016
Ehn,they should resign and go back to wherever they are coming from

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by MrPresident1: 9:56am On May 02, 2016
Accommodation for noisemakers

Noise makers are caned not accommodated cool

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by greatness22(m): 9:56am On May 02, 2016
mynd1

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by youngberry001(m): 9:56am On May 02, 2016
Alright
Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by Pavore9: 9:57am On May 02, 2016
"But owing to the inadequacy of the funds approved for their accommodation by Buhari, some ministers have been forced to stay in dingy hotels or squat with friends and relatives, it was gathered".......If l hear say a Minister is squatting!

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by sigiyaya(m): 9:58am On May 02, 2016
4 million annually and they are still not settled nawa oooo.....

but wait most of bubu ministers are former Governors
and top top politician who has occupied one political
offices and has also contributed meaningfully in looting this country dry.

Now that this poli-thieves-cians now claim saints transform
by the almighty bubu body odor.

why can't they found their accommodation in Abuja now they
advocate for change, after all everybody even bubu know that
you guys are still in possession of numerous large tubas of our yam undecided undecided

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by Adatob(m): 9:58am On May 02, 2016
Ok
Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by emmykk(m): 9:58am On May 02, 2016
this is what you get when the president fail mathematics....so the president dont know that a well comfortable work force perform well.




no wonder there is no light,no road,no job etc the ministers are managing to survial.....when they will hit our yams we will start to complain.



most of the ministerw be like let 2019 come so that i port

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by Cocoyamu: 9:58am On May 02, 2016
Lol, isnt that the change they voted for?

They obviously didnt see this coming this time last year.

Plus, so baba Obasanjo sold out official houses meant for ministers at the end of his tenure, so as to raise funds he claimed to have left in the Federal account. He is a very funny man, i mean cunning.

A share case of robbing peter to pay paul. May God help us all....

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by otokx(m): 9:58am On May 02, 2016
Obasanjo did many wrong things; let the Chinese build a new ministers estate in Abuja which will not be sold but will become permanent residence of future ministers and other top government functionaries like SGF, AGF, etc.

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by jdtrends(m): 10:00am On May 02, 2016
Too bad.. Meanwhile check my signature
Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by fatdick(m): 10:00am On May 02, 2016
Mstecwwww......they can't come and rent two bedroom flat in Kubwa, or Gwarimpa undecided

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by Nobody: 10:01am On May 02, 2016
the dullard of duara brain is powered by solar energy.
But don't try to convince me that the man that hates money and his rocket science counterpart is bankrupt.

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by Dimejidude(m): 10:01am On May 02, 2016
These are not issues that should hit front page.Nigerians are seriously suffering and we are more concerned with accomodation for Buharis Ministers.
If they like let them live in the bush,its none of our business-at least they collect bogus allowances

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by nonstan(m): 10:01am On May 02, 2016
Another way to embezzle money

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by Nobody: 10:03am On May 02, 2016
20 million naira!!!!!!!!!.......only for accommodation

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Re: Accommodation Crisis Hits Buhari’s Ministers by Obijulius: 10:03am On May 02, 2016
Cheap attempt to look modest.

Bullshit and we are not buying that poo! No money for Accomodation and yet the CinC has the money to travel round the world for the flimsiest of reasons and the duller VP hosts wild parties.

A revolution is coming soon and we'll make sure these guys die like those cabinet members in Sierra Leone.

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