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Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by Tobbydhayor90: 10:43am On Nov 22
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him “to put the country’s resources at the service of human rights, and to support the less well-off to enjoy an adequate standing of living through cutting the cost of governance and implementing bold transparency and accountability measures in your government’s response to Nigeria’s second recession in five years.”

In the letter dated 21 November, 2020 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said: “This economic crisis provides an opportunity to prioritise access of poor and vulnerable Nigerians to basic socio-economic rights, and to genuinely recommit to the fight against corruption. The country cannot afford getting back to business as usual.”

SERAP said: “Implementing human rights, transparency and accountability measures would save money, address projected adverse human rights impacts of the recession, and fast-track the economic recovery process. It is not too late to take urgent measures that would put the country’s wealth and resources to work for the common good of all Nigerians.”

According to SERAP: “Decades of mismanagement and corruption, and deep-seated deficiencies in public financial management have directly contributed to higher levels of borrowing and public debts, and consequently, the economic recession. Successive governments have squandered the promise afforded by the country’s natural wealth and resources.”

The letter, read in part: “The paltry resources Nigeria invests in essential public goods and services that would benefit ordinary Nigerians can be partly explained by the high spending of public funds to finance a life of luxury for members of the National Assembly, state governors, and other powerful politicians.”

“The country’s resources appear to have been used almost exclusively for the benefit of the political elites rather than on projects that would ensure the right to an adequate standard of living, the maximum welfare, prosperity, freedom and happiness of every citizen on the basis of social justice and equality.”

“SERAP is seriously concerned about the adverse consequences of the economic crisis on the human rights of poor and vulnerable Nigerians, including denying them access to essential public goods and services such as healthcare, education, clean water, and regular electricity supply.”

“We would be grateful if your government begins to implement the recommended action and measures within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If we have not heard from you by then as to the steps being taken in this direction, SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions to compel your government to implement these recommendations for the sake of human rights, transparency and accountability.”

“Nigeria has been poorly governed for many years, with systemic and widespread corruption at all levels of government, contributing to failures by successive governments to deliver essential public goods and services to Nigerians, contrary to the country’s constitution and human rights and anti-corruption obligations.”

“Huge budgetary allocations to fund security votes, renovate the National Assembly complex, pay jumbo salaries and allowances to members of the National Assembly, and life pensions to former governors and their deputies, as well as massive corruption in ministries, departments and agencies [MDAs] contribute to low provisions for health, education and other essential public goods and services.”

“Prioritising the human rights of poor and vulnerable Nigerians means providing public goods and services free of charge for those who cannot afford them. This is the time to prioritise poor and vulnerable Nigerians, and to ensure that any response to the recession goes well beyond bailing out large companies and banks.”

“Our requests are brought in the public interest, and in keeping with the requirements of the Nigerian Constitution 1999 [as amended], and Nigeria’s international obligations, including under the UN Convention against Corruption, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as the UN Guiding principles on human rights impact assessments of economic reforms.”

“Your government ought to have taken full advantage of court judgments ordering the full recovery of stolen public funds, recovery of life pensions collected by former governors and their deputies, and mandating your government to hold to account corrupt electricity contractors and companies that collected billions of naira but disappeared with public funds without executing any projects.”

“The continuing failure to enforce these judgments has contributed to increasing level of borrowing, and in the process, the inability to fulfil the country’s anti-corruption and human rights obligations to progressively realize the human rights of poor and vulnerable Nigerians, including their rights to affordable and decent health care, clean water, adequate sanitation, and education.”

“As the National Bureau of Statistics stated, the country’s GDP recorded a negative growth of 3.62 per cent in the third quarter of 2020. The country had earlier recorded a 6.10 per cent contraction in the second quarter.”

“SERAP therefore urges you to prioritise citizens’ socio-economic rights and undertake comprehensive reform to stem grand corruption including in MDAs, hold corrupt electricity contractors to hold, fully recover all stolen public funds, and life pensions collected by former governors and their deputies, and ensure a transparent and accountable spending of any recovered public funds on projects that will directly benefit poor and vulnerable Nigerians.”

SERAP also urged President Buhari to:

1. Increase investment in public health, the healthcare system, education services, provision of clean water and other basic public goods and services that will benefit majority of the population;

2. Re-direct budgetary allocations to renovate the National Assembly complex and take urgent steps to ensure that essential public goods and services are available to poor and vulnerable Nigerians;

3. Improve transparency and quality of information in government budgets and reform public financial management to bring it in line with international standards, and safeguard the right of media and civil society to speak out against corruption and human rights abuses;

4. Direct the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to urgently undertake a downward review of remuneration and allowances of all political office holders including President, Vice-President state governors and their deputies, and members of the National Assembly, consistent with the provisions of paragraph N, 32[c][d] of the Third Schedule, Part 1 of the Nigerian Constitution;

5. Regularly and widely publish full accounts of projected and actual government revenues and expenditures;

6. Immediately instruct the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to jointly investigate allegations of systemic and widespread corruption in MDAs, as documented by the Auditor-General of the Federation, and to ensure effective prosecution of those suspected to be involved, and recovery of any stolen public funds;

7. Ensure independence of the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation
http://serap-nigeria.org/2020/11/22/recession-serap-asks-buhari-to-cut-cost-of-governance-not-public-services/

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by Yenefer(f): 10:47am On Nov 22
Every problem. Buhari Buhari. PDP ruled over this country for 16 years. Just because Buhari is from the North. They try so hard to make it look like he is not working to take us to the promised land. Buhari is the best president Nigeria ever had

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by OBAofYORUBA: 10:47am On Nov 22
shocked
Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by OBAofYORUBA: 10:48am On Nov 22
Yenefer:
Every problem. Buhari Buhari PDP ruled over this country for 16 years. Just because Buhari is from the North and

Even Bible talk am ""FEAR NORTH""

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by HenryThegreat1(m): 11:25am On Nov 22
Yenefer:
Every problem. Buhari Buhari. PDP ruled over this country for 16 years. Just because Buhari is from the North. They try so hard to make it look like he is not working to take us to the promised land. Buhari is the best president Nigeria ever had
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PDP ruled for 16 years yes.
But how many times did dey slipped Nigeria economy into recession?
How was standard of living then.
How much were fuel, rice, beans, electricity tariff, car, etc

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by zeusdgrt(m): 11:44am On Nov 22
E go hear?do we even have a president?

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by BigSarah(f): 12:40pm On Nov 22
They’ve been saying this since 2016, This administration has no interest in saving they’re interested in borrowing.

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by Efop: 12:42pm On Nov 22
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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by Officialhorlah(m): 12:43pm On Nov 22
Dear SERAP Buhari doesn't know the meaning of all the letter u sent to him
Break it down or tell osinbanjo to narrate it to himgrin

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by chinavs9ja(m): 12:43pm On Nov 22
Good point
Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by maynia: 12:43pm On Nov 22
Yenefer:
Every problem. Buhari Buhari. PDP ruled over this country for 16 years. Just because Buhari is from the North. They try so hard to make it look like he is not working to take us to the promised land. Buhari is the best president Nigeria ever had

Did we become World capital of Poverty under PDP 16 years rule?

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by brosom(m): 12:43pm On Nov 22
Sometimes I get this feeling that this man(BUHARI), came to destroy, to steal and to take away.

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by Harrykn: 12:43pm On Nov 22
Exactly
Your wardrobe allowance alone can feed a local government area and even build roads in that area.

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by yesloaded: 12:44pm On Nov 22
Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by kennyz247(m): 12:44pm On Nov 22
D way some idiots still support ds clueless and shameless Buhari government still amaze me walahi

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by mcquin(m): 12:44pm On Nov 22
I see one Yenefer up there blabbing against PDP's 16years and I ask, did Nigerians vote in APC to continue perpetuating PDP's style of leadership? What was APC's manifesto? If APC knew they weren't out to change nothing, why did they bother Nigerians with the "change" anthem at all?

They campaigned using restructuring and cutting governance cost, now when you ask them, they start passing the bulk; Presidency will claim it's the role of legislators, legislators will say the Executive should take the lead, and I ask is it not same party that bred them, is it not same rubber stamp legislators?

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by pretydiva(f): 12:44pm On Nov 22
Worst govt ever

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by Lovelies1: 12:44pm On Nov 22
They should remember to lift the ban on importation of agricultural product such as rice, we can't continue buying food at high cost while we can import and buy from the importers at extreme low price to the extent of give away.


The world is a global village


Meanwhile greetings to the first to comment on this page. ( Only God will judge you)

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by FUSS: 12:44pm On Nov 22
They know the truth and what must be done. But greed and wickedness will not allow them to do the right thing.

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by Dukeolumidemans(m): 12:44pm On Nov 22
I don't think he heard ur advice. Try harder because that guy is an unnatural phenomenon. I define BUHARI as a failing failure... grin grin grin tongue

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by stalingraddd(m): 12:44pm On Nov 22
it surprises me how the things necessary for delopment are so simple yet our leaders make it look like nuclear physics

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by maynia: 12:44pm On Nov 22
Yenefer:
Every problem. Buhari Buhari. PDP ruled over this country for 16 years. Just because Buhari is from the North. They try so hard to make it look like he is not working to take us to the promised land. Buhari is the best president Nigeria ever had

SLAVE

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by faithfull18(f): 12:45pm On Nov 22
Lol, they would rather increase it.
Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by InaNla(f): 12:45pm On Nov 22
Amazing!
Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by Randymarsh: 12:45pm On Nov 22
Yenefer:
Every problem. Buhari Buhari. PDP ruled over this country for 16 years. Just because Buhari is from the North. They try so hard to make it look like he is not working to take us to the promised land. Buhari is the best president Nigeria ever had
Just look at this slowpoke.. The Northerners are the problem we have in this country, common sense dem no fit get. Despite producing more head of state/President they are still as backward and underdeveloped as Somalia. Bunch of idiots

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by Sunnycliff(m): 12:45pm On Nov 22
Buhari is a con man.

Every year he's spending in billion to buy cutleries

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by JERRY1925(m): 12:45pm On Nov 22
HenryThegreat1:
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PDP ruled for 16 years yes.
But how many times did dey slipped Nigeria economy into recession?
How was standard of living then.
How much were fuel, rice, beans, electricity tariff, car, etc

Chairman leave matter.. If they had fixed the country and Buhari was distroying it.. Then we have a case.
They fucking did nothing.. No road, no nothing.

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by iLegendd: 12:45pm On Nov 22
He won't.

Lai Mohammed will say it's against the law.

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Re: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance, Not Public Services by ModestGal(f): 12:46pm On Nov 22
F

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