SERAP pe­ti­tions UN over bud­get pad­ding

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

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.

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