Jalal Arabi (middle) during a State House budget defence at the senate. File Photo

The Presidency has called for the urgent replacement of some of the vehicles used for operations in the presidential villa.

Permanent Secretary, State House, Jalal Arabi, disclosed this during the defence of the 2020 budget proposals of the State House before the National Assembly committee on Special Duties, on Monday in Abuja.

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According to Arabi, some of the vehicles were purchased in 1999, adding that there was an urgent need to replace those vehicles as they have become very difficult to maintain.

He also defended the presidential villa budget before the senate committee on federal character and inter-governmental affairs.

He said: “With the release of funds in 2018, some of the vehicles, especially security vehicles were replaced, spares purchased but we are still nowhere near our optimal level since no vehicles were purchased this year (2019).

“The proposals are in line with our provisions in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) document, discussed and agreed with the Budget Office of the Federation, and is to be implemented over a three-year period.”

Chairman, House committee on Special Duties, Samaila Suleiman, while expressing satisfaction with the presentation, said the committee would carefully consider the submission.