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Nigerian Government states facts on Naval operational boat in 2023 supplementary appropriation

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR

*Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, clarifies what was named as ‘Presidential Yacht’ in the 2023 Supplementary Appropriation is ‘Naval operational boat with specialised security gadgets’ suitable for high-profile operational inspection, and not for the use of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government has released facts and provided some clarifications in view of the  recent public reactions to the provision for what is termed “Presidential Yacht” and other line items in the 2023 Supplementary Appropriation presented to the National Assembly (NASS), in Abuja, FCT.

Mr. Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser (SA) to the President on Information and Strategy, who said this inna statement issued Thursday, November 2, 2023, noted “it is important to provide some clarifications.”

Onanuga stated: “First, we need to make clear that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration respects the views of Nigerians on all matters of public concern.

“We thus consider it very imperative to clear any misconception and misunderstanding of the issues.”

The Presidential aide also said: “What was named as Presidential yacht in the budget is an Operational Naval boat with specialised security gadgets suitable for high profile operational inspection and not for the use of the President.

“It is called presidential yacht by way of nomenclature because of the high-level security features.”

The statement also noted: “The Naval boat was ordered by the Navy under the previous administration. President Tinubu has consistently said that government is a continuum as he inherited both assets and liabilities of past administrations.

“The payment request for the boat was part of the committed obligation submitted by the Office of the Chief of Naval Staff to the Ministry of Defence.”

Onanuga further stated the total of the submitted requests was in excess of N200 billion, out which  N62 billion was approved by the President.

“President Tinubu is focused on securing our country and territorial waters.

“The Federal Government under his leadership is investing more resources  to enhance greater economic output from our oil and gas, marine and blue economy,” said the Presidency.

The Special Adviser on Information and Strategy noted: “In President Tinubu, we have a leader who understands the economic challenges being faced by the masses.

“His administration is working very hard to confront and surmount those  challenges.”

Onanuga assured “Nigerians will soon get the benefits of the ongoing reforms that will certainly lead to a buoyant and improved quality of life for all citizens.”

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