SERAP urges Buhari to cut N26b presidency budget for medical centre, travels, meals
SOCIO-ECONOMIC Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to cut the N26 billion budget for construction of a presidential wing at the state house medical centre, local and foreign travels, meals and refreshments, ‘sitting allowance’, and ‘welfare package’.
It called on the President to use some of the savings to address growing deficit and improve public healthcare facilities across the country. It also urged him to send to the National Assembly a fresh supplementary appropriation bill reflecting the reduced proposed spending.
In a letter dated October 9, 2021 and signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP said many Nigerians would find it quite odd, unfair and unjust that the government is spending so much money on these items in the middle of a public borrowing crisis. It noted that the proposed spending could be better allocated to improve access of Nigerians to basic public goods and services.
“The government would continue to borrow to fund the country’s budget until there is a substantial cut to the cost of governance. The government should stop spending so much money on these items. Persistent borrowing is neither sustainable nor fair to the Nigerian people,” it said.