By Daniel Idonor
ABUJAâ€”THE Federal Government yesterday approved the award of a contract for the construction of a befitting permanent residence to serve the accommodation need of the Vice President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, at the cost of N7.5 billion.
The Nigerian Vice President has been operating without a permanent residence since the inception of democratic governance in 1999. Former Vice President Abubakar Atiku lived in the official residence of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, for eight years, between 1999 and 2007.
The incumbent Vice President Jonathan also occupied the facility since then until early this year when he was relocated to yet another temporary residence, this time, the guest house of the President, known as the Akinola Aguda House.
This development where the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria continues to nomad from one temporary accommodation to another, according to the government, is becoming an indictment on the country which is poised to sustain the ongoing democratic rule, hence the urgent need to construct a prestigious residence complex for the number two citizen.
The multi-billion naira complex approval is one of the many contract approvals that were made at the last Federal Executive Council meeting.