PDP Rejects Slash In Health, Education Budgets, Berates APC, Buhari Presidency…Demands Immediate 100% Increase

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Press Statement

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the slashing of the 2020
budgetary allocations for basic health care from N44.4 billion to
N25.5b, and the Universal Basic Education (UBE) budget from N111.7
billion to N51.1 billion, by Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives
Congress (APC), describing it as the height of insensitivity to the
plights of Nigerians.

The party charged President Buhari to immediately recall the budget
rework the figures to reflect a 100% increase in the initial figures as
a step forward towards meeting the needs of the citizens at these sub
sectors.

The PDP insists that in slashing the budget for the primary health need
of the people to N25.5 billion (a 42% cut) and UBE budget to N51.1
billion (a 54% cut), in a country of over 200 million people, who are
already economically overburden, the APC and its administration have
further exposed that they have never had the welfare of Nigerians at
heart.

The party said no government, which genuinely means well for its
citizens, will vote a paltry N25.5 billion for basic health care for 200
million people in 774 local governments, particularly at this time our
nation is facing huge health challenges, including the COVID-19
pandemic, while allocating a bigger sum of N27.7 billion for renovation
of the National Assembly complex, which is not even in a distress state.

While the PDP has nothing against any effort to improve on the working
condition of our federal legislature, placing the renovation of the
National Assembly complex above health care at this critical time is a
scandalous misplacement of national priority by President Buhari and APC
Presiding officers.

Moreover, our party has been made aware that this development does not
reflect the views of majority of the federal lawmakers.

A critical analysis of the allocations indicates that with the N25.5
billion voted for primary health care in a country of over 200 million
citizens, President Buhari and the APC plan to spend only about N125 per
Nigerian at the primary health care level, within the 2020 fiscal year.

In the same vein, with the N51.1 billion allocation for basic education
in a country of estimated 43 million school-age children, the APC
Federal Government is deeming it proper to spend only N1,186 per child
at the UBE level in 2020 fiscal year.

The PDP wonders if the APC government targets to achieve more 
out-of-school children as well as more health need deficit in our
country.

Our party therefore rejects this collusion by the APC-led Federal
Executive and their presiding officers in the National Assembly to
downgrade the health need of our people as well as the education
necessity of our children.

It is even more distressing that the APC administration would still cut
the primary healthcare budget in spite of the recent confession by the
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, that
our health sector had gone moribund despite claims of interventions by
the current administration.

Moreover, the slashing of the budget,  for basic education despite the
poor state of the sector since the last five years, shows that the APC
administration has no value for education and prefers to draw our nation
back in global competitiveness in critical sectors.

The PDP therefore charges President Buhari to prioritize the welfare and
development of Nigerians by cutting the size of his government, clipping
its luxuries, curbing the unbridled corruption by APC leaders so as to
make more resources available for the health and education need of our
citizens.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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