Bayo Akinloye and Olaleye Aluko
Two Civil Societies Organisations, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders and Campaign for Democracy, have lambasted the Senate and the House of Representatives for allocating about N13bn for refreshments, travels and welfare in the 2017 budget.
The CACOL Chairman, Debo Adeniran, said in statement on Saturday that the presidency should not assent to the “insensitive” budget, which did not consider the plight of the masses.
He said, “That allocation is a graphic example of how to be insensitive to the plight of the citizens of Nigeria. The lawmakers are catching in on the people’s docility.
“Nigerians are going to rise up against such wastefulness. These are the people who claim to sit on our behalf at the National Assembly. Our legislators make laws to secure their emoluments and so on.
“If the presidency consciously allows this outrageous budget, then it is an accomplice.
“The National Assembly can reverse itself because we are still in a recession and they should emphathise with us.”
Also, the CD President, Usman Abdul, said the country would suffocate if Nigerians did not call to question, such “abnormalities” being perpetrated by the National Assembly.
He said, “It is becoming a norm in our budgetary allocations to have such abnormalities. You have traditional gifts, entertainment and other frivolities in the budget.”