The 2016 budget proposal presented before the joint session of the National Assembly by President Buhari two weeks ago indicates that N139.9 million out of the N39 billion budgeted for the Presidency will be spent on internet infrastructure for Aso Rock, Nigeria’s seat of power. A further breakdown of the figure released shows that the sum of N114.4 million is to be expended on the upgrade of the internet infrastructure in the State House with another N22.5 million to be spent on purchasing Internet servers.
Other technology related expenditures in the budget proposal includes the purchasing of what is described as ‘Active Devices for State House Network’, which will cost N100 million. Another N35 million is to be expended on the purchase of security appliances and licenses, including computer anti-virus software. This is even as the 2016 budget includes a N55.7 million for installation of budget planning software. The presidency will also spend N27.5 million for the purchase of computers.
Out of the N90.3 billion budgeted for the Office of the National Security Adviser for 2016, N8.7 billion is to be expended to develop the ONSA’s “All-Eye” surveillance project. Also, the Presidential Air Fleet is to spend N262.4million on Air Navigation equipment.