SERAP petitions UN over budget padding
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights over the alleged deliberate padding of the 2016 budget by N481billion.
SERAP in statement yesterday said it had sent an urgent appeal to Professor Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur, urging him to request the leadership of the House of Representatives to explain the alleged deliberate padding of the 2016 budget.
It also wants explanation on the removal of critical projects and replacement of such projects with constituency projects, which it said had not only undermined the fight against corruption in the country but also exacerbated extreme poverty and violation of internationally recognized human rights.
The petition dated 27 July 2016 signed by SERAP’s Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said SERAP considered the alleged budget padding, diversion of public funds and abuse of office by the leadership of the House of Representatives as amounting to a deliberate retrogressive action, which cannot be justified by reference to the totality of internationally recognized human rights, and in the context of the obligation to fully use the maximum available resources to fulfil and ensure the enjoyment of those rights.