Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to cut the N26 billion budget for the construction of the presidential wing at the State House medical center, local and foreign travels, meals and refreshments, sitting allowance and welfare package.

The organization demanded that some of the savings be used to address the growing level of deficit and improve public healthcare facilities across the country.

SERAP also asked Buhari to send to the National Assembly, a fresh supplementary appropriation bill which reflects the reduced proposed spending.

A letter dated 9 October 2021 and signed by Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare said Nigerians find it unjust that the government devoted huge funds to unimportant items despite piling debts.

The rights group said the proposed spending could be better allocated to improve access of Nigerians to basic public goods and services.

SERAP warned that the government would continue to borrow to fund the country’s budget until there is a substantial cut to the cost of governance.

The letter told the Buhari administration to stop spending so much money on things that would not benefit the masses who voted it into power.

SERAP called for the publication of details of spending on construction and repairs of the presidential wing at the medical center and office furniture and fittings since May 29, 2015.

The letter complained that the construction of the State House presidential medical wing will cost N21,974,763,310.

“N2,309,066,788 is proposed to be spent on general travel and transport while N301,138,860 will be spent on food stuff and catering materials supplies. N250,836,273 is proposed to be spent on refreshments, meals, honorarium, sitting allowance, publicity and advertisements.

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“For the Office of the Vice-President, N1,136,717,757 is proposed for local and foreign travels, meals and refreshments, purchase of office furniture and fittings, and other expenses. The details are: N778,261,411 is proposed to be spent on general travel and transport.

“N168,210,826 is proposed for office stationeries/computer, consumables, printing of documents, uniforms and other clothing, food stuff and catering materials supplies. N2,350,626 is proposed for cooking gas and fuel cost.

“N99,795,229 is proposed to be spent on refreshments, meals, honorarium, sitting allowance, publicity and advertisements. N31,909,380 is proposed for computer software acquisition while N30,817,085 is proposed for the purchase of motor vehicles. N25,373,200 is proposed for the purchase of office furniture and fittings.”

SERAP gave the Buhari administration 14 days to act on its demands or face legal actions.

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