The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has explained that, when completed, the proposed N4 billion African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) will reduce the financial burden of rents for international bodies that were being hosted in Nigeria.
The Leadership of the PDP, which made this assertion, also explained that the increase in the budget proposals for the renovation of Vice President’s guest house became imperative following emerging security challenges in the country as well as the need to change the earlier designs, just as the PDP noted that the guest house was not strictly for the present Vice President Namadi Sambo, said.
In a statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the party warned the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN and Congress for Progressive Change, CPC against what it termed politics of deceit following the stiff opposition to the project by these parties. Metuh said, “Contrary to the odious and deliberate distortion of facts by the opposition, the building is not for the Nigerian First Lady. The complex, on completion, is to host the AFLPM which has the backing of the African Union as an instrument for championing women and youth development.
“The Peace Mission House is a public institution, a building in the likes of the Women Development Center, Nigerian Cultural Center among others which the law empowers the FCTA to build and operate in provision of facilities for the advancement of its development efforts. It will go a long way in reducing the financial burden in rents for international bodies being hosted by the country… Similarly, the increment in the budget of the official residence of the Vice President was occasioned by the changes in the redesigning, expertly advised to take care of emerging security challenges… The house is not for the exclusive benefit of the current Vice Present as the malicious propaganda of the opposition has been feeding the public with.”