The assurance by President Goodluck Jonathan that his administration will reduce travel cost to save money for more capital projects may be an empty one, as Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has proposed a whopping N488m on local and international travels next year.
The breakdown of its 2013 budget shows that its officials will travel within the country with N400.5million while N88.2million will be used to travel around the world.
In addition, N43.8million will be spent on international training while N66.2m will be used for local training of officials.
Its legal department has proposed to pay N100m as legal service charges while N14.7m will be used for refreshment and meals in the 2013 budget.
The agency has also proposed to spend N31.9m on motor vehicle fuel while its power generating plants will gulp N74.3m in the agency’s next year budget which allocated N2.1bn for capital projects.
For sporting activities, a total of N39.3m is needed while N24.1m will be used to buy and sew new “uniforms and other clothes” for some of its personnel.
Many Nigerians believe the Federal Government reneged on its promise to drastically slash the recurrent expenditure in the 2013 budget.