The Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, has strongly refuted recent reports claiming a ₦21.22 billion allocation for his office, dismissing the information as “fake news.”
The former Speaker of the House of Representatives urged those engaging in public debate about government actions to be responsible with their statements, stating the importance of relying on facts rather than insinuations and falsehoods.
Taking to his Twitter handle on Wednesday, December 06, 2023, Gbajabiamila clarified the situation, addressing the alleged provision in the 2024 Appropriation Bill for the renovation of any residence for the Chief of Staff.
He categorically denied such allocations, asserting that he resides in his private residence.
In his tweet, Gbajabiamila provided clarification on the figures circulating on social media, attributing them to misinformation by bloggers and fake news purveyors.
According to him, the stated funds are intended for the renovation of the Presidential Quarters in Dodan Barracks and the Vice President’s Lodge in Lagos.
These funds are also allocated to overhaul the information management and communications facilities in the Presidency, bringing them up to modern standards, and to provide vehicles for the staff of the Presidency.
Gbajabiamila stated that the budget proposal clearly outlines the sums allocated for these specific projects and stressed that they bear no resemblance to the misleading online commentary.
He reaffirmed the administration’s commitment to transparency, welcoming and encouraging scrutiny of government expenditure.
In his statement, Gbajabiamila stated, “This administration welcomes and encourages scrutiny of government expenditure; this is why the Budget proposal is publicly available. However, healthy public debate about government actions requires us to be responsible with our utterances and engage based on facts rather than insinuations and falsehoods.”