It has been revealed that the Student Union executives and legislators at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, have budgeted N1, 837, 550 to make phone calls for six months.This astronomical sum, according to reports from Punch, does not cover internet facilities and sending of bulk Short Message Service as these items have their own separate budgets.
The budgeted N1.8M for phone calls is for a period between August, 2015 and January, 2016. The sum, which did not also include the one for purchase of phones, was budgeted by the leadership of the Central Executive Council and Students’ Representative Council led by Mr. Omotayo Akande and Mr. Adebari Aare respectively.
Others are the clerk, deputy speaker, halls of residence executives, chairmen and secretary of transport, judicial, and budget and finance committees. A breakdown of the budget showed that the speaker, Mr. Adebari Aare, proposed to spend N232, 500 for official phone calls for 310 days, while the president of the union also proposed to make calls for 180 days with N108, 000.
The student union leaders, who in totality budgeted N26, 090, 469 for their various needs, are expecting an income of about N15m. The Chairman, Budget and Finance Committee, Mr. Abayomi Samuel who spoke with Punch said the budget had not been approved and that some of the expenses had been reduced.