BY OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos
Civil society organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) yesterday called on the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to consider putting pressure on the National Assembly, to desist from the proposed “wasteful and unnecessary spending” on the number of expensive official vehicles, legislative aides, travels and transportation, souvenirs, and photocopiers.
The group in a statement issued by its executive director, Adetokunbo Mumuni also insisted that the acting president should only give assent to the 2017 budget if it truly reflects national development priorities, and not serve as a tool to satisfy the lifestyle of the lawmakers.
According to SERAP, “To allow public funds to be spent as proposed by the National Assembly would disproportionately affect the socially and economically vulnerable and push them deeper into poverty and deprivation.”
SERAP, in quoting it’s open letter dated May 15, 2017, and addressed to the Acting President stated that, “In a country where many of our general hospitals cannot provide emergency treatment, and at a time public funds are needed to improve these facilities, it is retrogressive to spend these funds to provide exotic cars for our lawmakers or fund needless travels.
“Such funds ought to be meaningfully spent to provide clean water, build classrooms, provide materials, train teachers and pay outstanding workers’ salaries.”