National Assembly Gets N27bn For Renovation, Cuts Health, UBE Votes

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The Nigeria National Assembly complex renovation which  N37bn was demanded for renovation has been reduced to N27.7bn.

The renovation of the National Assembly complex at the initial cost of N37bn, which is to be executed by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, attracted criticisms from a large section of Nigerians last year.

According to documents obtained by Punch Correspondent on Tuesday,The Federal Government, in the 2020 revised budget proposal, cut N9.3bn from the budget for the renovation of the National Assembly complex.

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However, following the drop in the price of crude oil and a fall in the projected government revenue, it was learnt that the Federal Government decided to reduce the budget for the renovation.

The President, Muhammadu Buhari   had on 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.

Buhari explained that the amendment became necessary in view of the sharp decline in crude oil prices and the cut in Nigeria’s crude oil production quota occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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

The BHCPF is made up of one per cent of the Federal Government Consolidated Revenue from international partners such as the World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development.

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The Universal Basic Education fund was also reduced significantly from N111.7bn to N51.1bn, by more than 54.2 per cent, according to documents obtained by Dataphyte, an open data organisation.

 

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