How expensive can a website be?

The Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, OSGF, in 2017 appropriated and claimed to have spent 65 million Naira on its website.

Review of the 2017 budget performance of the OSGF revealed that 65 million Naira was budgeted for the already existing website while the office claimed that 64,855,875 Naira, the amount released, had been fully utilised.

Quoted as ‘OSGF WEBSITE,’ the budget performance record remarked that the ‘procurement process is ongoing.’

The office of the SGF is occupied by Boss Mustapha who was appointed by the President in October 2017.

The office was formerly occupied by Babachir Lawal, who was sacked after President Buhari adopted recommendations of a report of a panel headed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

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It was, however, not ascertained which of the two men executed the project.

Appearing before the Senate committee in January 2018 to defend the 2017 budget performance, Mustapha said the office received 50% of its appropriation for capital projects.

“Performance for capital is 1.2 billion Naira released as at end of December, 2017.

"It represents 505. We are hoping that the National Assembly will extend the lifespan of the budget so that we can handle other procurement processes."

Apparently, the fund released for the website is one of those captured in Mustapha’s 50% but the cost and execution of the project left more to desire.

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