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“I live in my private residence,” Gbajabiamila counters N10 billion residence renovation claim

The Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila has countered the claim that the sum of N10 billion was allocated for the renovation of his residence, adding that such publication is from merchants of fake news.

The chief of Staff stated that no such allocation was included in the 2024 appropriation bill for his residence, adding that he lives in his private apartment.

Gbajabiamila, who took to his official X (formerly Twitter) account to make the clarification, said the allocation was meant for the Presidential Quarters in Dodan Barracks and the Vice President’s Lodge in Lagos.

Speaking further, the former speaker of the house of representatives noted that the government encourages public debate of the budgetary allocation, emphasizing that it is the reason why the budget document is made public for citizens’ assessment.

However, he stressed that the such debates has to be based on facts, and not falsehood. He added that such insinuation does not promote healthy debate and accountability.

Earlier, an online publication reported that the Chief of Staff to the president, Femi Gbajabiamila, gets N10 billion for the renovation of his official residence in Abuja in the 2024 budget.

The report also added that an extra N10.1 billion was allocated for computer software for the office of the Chief of Staff.

Responding to the claim, Gbajabiamila said the allocation was made to the renovation of the president and vice president lodge at the Dodan Barrack in Lagos, and not his personal expenses. He emphasized that he lives in his private residence.