The Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Undertaking (SERAP) has urged the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan and the Speaker, Home of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila to cease President Buhari from promoting public properties to fund the 2021 price range.
SERAP tasked the federal government to chop salaries and allowances of high officers to handle the rising stage of deficit and borrowing relatively than promote nationwide property.
In a letter dated 16 January 2021, and signed by the CSO’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation stated the Nationwide Meeting has a constitutional and oversight duty to guard beneficial public properties and to make sure a accountable price range spending.
It famous that disposing of beneficial public properties to fund the price range was not in public curiosity and can be counter-productive, because the motion can be weak to corruption and mismanagement.
The rights group added that that it could undermine the social contract with Nigerians, go away the federal government worse off, and harm the nation in the long term.
It referred to as for a freeze on spending in sure areas of the price range equivalent to hardship and furnishings allowances, leisure allowances, worldwide travels, shopping for of automobiles and utilities for lawmakers members and the presidency.
The letter urged the legislature to work with the presidency to repair the present damaging budgeting course of and handle systemic corruption in ministries, departments and businesses (MDAs).
“SERAP additionally urges the Nationwide Meeting to cease approving mortgage requests by the Federal Authorities if it continues to fail to reveal transparency and accountability within the spending of the loans up to now obtained”, Oluwadare wrote.