#EndSARS: I Will Not Sign 2021 Budget, If… –Gbajabiamila

#EndSARS: I Will Not Sign 2021 Budget, If… –Gbajabiamila

Mariam Sanni, Abuja

The Speaker , House of Representative, Femi Gbajabiamila has threatened that he will not sign up the Nation’s 2021 budget if it does not include provisions for compensation for those that have suffered violence or brutality from the police in Nigeria in the last decade.

Gbajabiamila who made this known today in his speech during the House of Representative Plenary session in Abuja also insist that the budget must include the demand of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for the development of higher education in Nigeria.

His words, ‘Today we are witnessing in Nigeria, a call for a rethink in our nationhood. As we sit here in this hollow chamber a new independent movement is drawing our nation.

‘’The generation of young people who came of age in the year of democracy, have looked upon what we have built and decided that we can do better. We will do well to aid this call and what it can do for Nigeria.

‘’Let us take this opportunity of this movement to do the hard thing, make the right choices and pursue objectives that drive progress to put in good steps for generations to come.

‘’As the Speaker of this House of Representative, let me say this for the record to reflect, I will not sign up for the 2021 budget that does not include adequate provision to compensate who had suffered violence and brutality in the hands of police in Nigeria in the last decades.

‘’I will not sign up for the budgets that do not reach the reasonable demands of ASUU to which the government has already acceded. There is no better time to rethink the system of funding for higher education in Nigeria.

‘’The current system does a great disservice to our children and the country and we must commit to changing it so that we can see our institution of learning as a citadel of excellent.”, he continued.


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