President Tinubu Inaugurates N21 Billion VP Residence Amid Minimum Wage Debate

President Bola Tinubu has officially opened the newly completed N21 billion official residence for the Vice President in Abuja. The project, which had been abandoned since 2015, was inaugurated by Vice President Kashim Shettima, representing the President.

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In his remarks, VP Shettima reaffirmed the Tinubu administration’s commitment to principles of accountability, transparency, and efficient utilization of public resources for the betterment of Nigeria. He stated that providing a suitable residence for the Vice President is not just a matter of convenience, but a symbol of respect for the office and its occupants.

 

Shettima commended President Tinubu, noting that previous administrations had not treated Vice Presidents well. “However, with the present dispensation, it is a different ball game,” he said.

 

The President, in a statement read on his behalf, acknowledged that the project had faced numerous challenges over the years, including delays and abandonment by previous administrations. Rather than dwell on past shortcomings, the Tinubu government resolved to complete the project as part of its “Renewed Hope Agenda” to deliver on inherited projects.

 

“We are fulfilling a long-standing commitment and reaffirming our unwavering dedication to accountability, transparency and efficient utilisation of resources for the betterment of our nation,” the statement said.

 

FCT Minister Nyesom Wike, who oversaw the project’s completion, revealed that it was initially awarded in 2010 at a cost of N7 billion but was abandoned in 2015. The project was later reviewed to N21 billion, with an additional N14 billion required for completion.

 

Wike thanked President Tinubu for his support in ensuring the project’s completion and providing the Vice President with a comfortable working environment.

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