Knocks as National Assembly gets N27bn to renovate

Ahmed Lawan

Nigerians on Twitter are criticising the National Assembly over the plan to renovate the assembly’s complex with N27.7 billion despite the economic effects of the coronavirus.

The renovation of the complex at the initial cost of N37bn, which is to be executed by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, attracted criticisms last year.

However, in the 2020 revised budget proposal, the Federal Government cut N9.3bn from the budget following the drop in the price of crude oil and a fall in the projected government revenue.

President Muhammadu Buhari last Thursday presented the 2020 Appropriation Act (amendment) Bill to the National Assembly, which both the Senate and the House passed for second reading same day.

In the proposed revised budget, while the National Assembly complex renovation budget was reduced to  N27.7bn (a reduction of 25.1 per cent), the Basic Health Care Provision Fund, which is meant to cater for all the primary healthcare centres across the 774 local government areas in the country, was significantly reduced by N44.4bn to N25.5bn, a decrease of more than 42.5 per cent.

See reactions on Twitter below: