Nigerians React After FG Cuts Health & Education Budgets, Grants N27bn For NASS Renovation

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Nigerians have condemned the cuts in budgetary allocations to critical sectors in the federal government’s revised 2020 budget proposal.

In the revised 2020 budget approved, the Buhari administration reportedly gave NASS N27billion for the renovation of its complex which has resulted in a huge backlash towards the Federal Government.

According to several reports, there’s cut in the health budget to N25.5bn from N44.4bn and the UBE budget to N51.1bn from the reduced N111.7bn. Expressing their anger on the development, were celebrities, political commentators and influencers who took to Twitter in outrage.

Singer, Banky W is one of the few celebrities who spoke on the issue while Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) also urged the United Nations (UN) to request the Nigerian government and the National Assembly (NASS) to immediately reverse the budget cuts to education and healthcare.

In an appeal dated June 3, 2020, and signed by its deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP lamented that authorities are putting politicians’ allowances and comfort before citizens’ human rights, Daily Trust reports.

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives approved Buhari’s request for a $22.7billion loan. The sum is being sourced from the World Bank, the Africa Development Bank, among others.

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