NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project "SERAP" has appealed Ahmed Lawan, the Nigeria Senate President and Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker, House of Representatives, to stop President Buhari from selling national assets to fund the 2021 budget.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project "SERAP" called the government to reduce the salaries and allowances of public officials to address the level of debt and borrowing rather than sold off public properties.

According to the SERAP letter dated 16 January 2021, and signed by Kolawole Oluwadare, the CSO’s Deputy Director, the group noted that the National Assembly has a backing constitution and oversight duty to defend valuable national assets and to guarantee a responsible budget spending.

SERAP said that selling of valuable national properties to established the budget was not in public interest and would be counter-productive, as the action would be vulnerable to corruption and mismanagement.

The group said further that it would sabotage the social contract with Nigerians, leave the government worse off, and spoiled Nigeria in the nearest future.

The group also asked for a refrigerated spending in critical areas of the budget such as hardship and furniture allowances, entertainment allowances, international travels, buying of vehicles and utilities for lawmakers members and the presidency.

The SERAP letter also appealed the Law Makers to work with the presidency to fix the present damaging budgeting process and address systemic corruption in ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

“SERAP also appeal the National Assembly to stop approving loan requests by the Federal Government if it continues to fail to demonstrate transparency and accountability in the spending of the loans so far obtained”, Oluwadare wrote.

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