SERAP drags Buhari, others to court over ‘N37bn NASS renovation budget’ - Saga Gist - Top Source for Nigeria News


Sunday, December 29

SERAP drags Buhari, others to court over ‘N37bn NASS renovation budget’

Socio-Economic Right And Accountability Project has taken the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila and the Federal Capital Development Agency over the N37 billion earmarked for the renovation of the National Assembly complex.

The group is asking the court to retrain until the Federal Government from collecting the money unitl an impact assessment of the spending on critical sectors and access to public goods and services, is carried out.

In the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1633/2019 filed last week at the Federal High Court, Abuja, the plaintiffs argued:

“The National Assembly complex should be a safe and conducive environment for those who work there. But spending ₦37 billion to renovate the place is not commensurate with the constitutional commitments to public services and goods; decreasing public revenues and increasing level of debts as well as the poor economic and social realities in the country.”

The plaintiffs also argued: “Spending N37 billion to renovate the National Assembly complex is self-serving, wrongful, illegal and unconstitutional expenditure of public funds, as it means less money for educating millions of out-of-school Nigerian children, providing access to clean water and healthcare to Nigerians including the elderly, or repairing the country’s roads and bridges.”

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