President Goodluck Jonathan has reportedly relocated from his main official residence at the Presidential Villa to another section of the vast complex,preparatory to his exit from office in less than two weeks.
He and his family members have moved to the Glass House to allow for the renovation of the main official residence of the president for its next occupant, General Muhammadu Buhari, investigation has shown.
President Jonathan is scheduled to conduct Buhari and Vice President-elect Yemi Osinbajo round the complex on Thursday, May 27.
Reliable sources said the President and his wife have moved their personal belongings out of the official residence to their Otuoke,Bayelsa State residence.
The movement of their belongings commenced soon after the release of the result of the March 28 presidential election.
One of the sources said: “ I can confirm to you that most of the first family’s property have left the State House.
“The President is now staying in the Glass House with very few belongings.
“Intensive renovation of the President’s residence is going on now. Minor repairs are going on in some parts of the house. Cleaning and repainting of the entire residence with white paint is in progress.”
The furnishing aspect of the renovation will wait until the incoming president takes over.
He will be the one to determine the kind of furniture he wants .
The source applies to the flowers around the residence.
Renovation of the President’s office, according to another source, will also wait until Buhari assumes office.
The colour of the painting and furniture for the office will be done to his taste.
Another source said: ”The State House staff are in high spirit, waiting and hoping that the promised change of the incoming government will benefit them and the nation at large.”
The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati was not in the office yesterday afternoon and could not be reached on telephone to get his views on the latest development.