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Senate, Reps to spend N13bn on refreshment, travels, welfare

The National Assembly is to spend over N13bn on refreshment, transportation and welfare packages in 2017, estimates of its new budget have shown.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives budgeted about N11.5bn for general travels and transportation (local and international) in the next fiscal year, excluding the allocation for vehicles. Senate will spend N3, 777,114,399 and House of Representatives will spend N7, 722,489,596 for the same purpose.

The lawmakers in both chambers of the National Assembly will also spend a total sum of N1.3bn on refreshment and meals. The item will cost the Senate N409, 973,760, while the House will spend N913, 289,760 for the same purpose.

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