The Federal Government has slashed the budget N37 billion naira to N27 billion naira for the renovation of the National Assembly complex.
In the 2020 revised budget proposal, according to the stated documents the Federal Government has slashed out N9.3 billion naira for the renovation of the National Assembly Complex.
The original amount budgeted for the renovation of the National Assembly Complex was N37 billion, which is to be carried out by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, of which majority of Nigerians criticized the idea.
Meanwhile, the fall in the price of crude oil in world markets and the the drop in the government projected revenue, it was understood that, this recent happens has influenced the Federal Government decision to cut funding for the renovation of the National Assembly Complex.
On Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari had presented the appropriation act (amended) bill before the senate and the house of which it was passed for second reading that same day.
Buhari noted that the adjustments became necessary as a result of the fall in the price of oil in world market and the cut of the crude oil production quota in Nigeria as a result of the Covid19 pandemic.
Basic Health Care funds cut by 42.5%
In the budget which was revised, N27.7 billion is now budgeted for the renovation of the National Assembly Complex which is a reduction of 25.1%, in the revised budget, N25.5 billion is budgeted for Basic Health Care, which covers all Primary Health Care Centres across the 774 local government areas in Nigeria, was reduced by 42.5%.
The BHCPF which makes up 1% of the Federal Government Consolidated Revenue from international partners such as Bill and Melinda gates Foundation, World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development.
The National Health Act has a basic funding provision which was budgeted for the first time in 2018, since the act was signed in 2019.
The UBE Fund slashed by over 54.25%
The Universal Basic Education Fund was greatly reduced from N111.7 billion to N51.1 billion which is a 54.2% reduction.
The UBE is a program which is aimed at giving accessible and quality education to the Nigerian child.
It’s objective is to ensure a 9 year uninterrupted formal education in Nigeria, which is compulsory and free for every Nigerian child who has attain schooling age .
10% cut on NJI’s, National Assembly expenditure
The N128 billion which was formerly budgeted, was cut by 10% which brings the it’s present budget to N115.2 billion.
The National Judicial Council also saw its budget slashed from N110 billion to N99 billion which is a 10% reduction.
The allocation for the renovation of the National Assembly in the sum of N27 billion is an injustice to Nigerians – HDA
The Executive Director of Human and Development Agenda, Lanre Suraj commented that, President Buhari will not pretend not to be aware of the injustice done to Nigerians.
Suraj noted that reducing the budget for health care showed that the government have not from the past mistakes exposed by the Covid19 pandemic.
He said that it will be difficult to blame only the President alone, stressing that there is a disservice done to Nigerians and her youths. He says it is clear that the government does not care for the wellbeing of its citizens.
He explained that the pandemic has exposed the decay in the quality of health delivery in Nigeria as it has failed to cope with the Covid19 situation.
He feels that to drastically reduce the budget for to almost 50% health and still maintain the national assembly budget for its renovation shows that the government has truly betrayed its citizens and Nigeria must reject it.
In December last year, Nigerians were vehemently opposed to the the budget as regards the renovation of the National Assembly Complex which was budgeted at N37 billion inspite of the dwindling funds allocated to important sectors of the economy like education and health.
However, before the budget allocation was reviewed, N37 billion naira was budgeted for the renovation of the National Assembly complex, while N36.6 billion was allocated for the repair of federal roads.
But the National Assembly gave a statement that the fault wasn’t on their part and they did not influenced the President’s decision to allocated such funds for their approval, the cost of the project or its execution.