Buhari ‘Reluctantly’ Released N70million For Independence Celebrations – SGF
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N70million for this year’s Independence anniversary celebrations.
This was made known on Tuesday by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Office, Lawal said Buhari reluctantly gave the approval, saying he preferred the money is diverted for the payment of workers salaries.
“To address the situation, government has adopted a general policy to be very prudent in the management of our financial resources, so this year’s celebration is, therefore, in consonance with the cost-saving policy direction of this administration.
“Four events have been approved by the president to manage the entire celebration process.
“The events are: Jumat prayers, international thanksgiving service, ceremonial change of guards and a children’s party.
“To ensure a successful commemoration, four sub-committees have been constituted to handle the preparations for each of the four events”, he disclosed.