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FG allocates N27bn to National Assembly for renovation, cuts health budget


The Federal Government has reduced the N37bn allocated for the renovation of the National Assembly complex to N27.7bn.



The Federal Government, within the 2020 revised budget proposal, in line with documents obtained by our correspondent on Tuesday, cut N9.3bn from the budget for the renovation of the National Assembly complex.

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

However, following the drop by the worth of petroleum and a fall in the projected government income , it had been learnt that the Federal Government decided to scale back the take into account the renovation.

President 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 sight of the sharp decline in petroleum prices and therefore the cut in Nigeria’s petroleum production quota occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Basic health care slashed by 42.5 per cent
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 supposed to cater for all the primary healthcare centres across the 774 Local Government areas within the country, was significantly reduced by N44.4bn to N25.5bn, a decrease of over 42.5 per cent

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