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SERAP Urges Senate to Decline Wike’s N15 Billion Proposal for Vice President’s Residence


SERAP Urges Senate to Decline Wike's N15 Billion Proposal for Vice President's Residence

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) is calling on Senate President Godswill Akpabio to reject a proposal from FCT Minister Nyesom Wike, seeking approval for the allocation of N15 billion to construct a ‘befitting residence’ for Vice President Kashim Shettima. In a letter dated 2nd December 2023, signed by SERAP Deputy Director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization implores the Senate to assert its authority and uphold constitutional responsibilities by also rejecting the N2.8 billion earmarked for publicity in the FCTA, along with other potentially extravagant expenses outlined in the 2023 supplementary budget and the 2024 budget proposed by President Bola Tinubu.

SERAP contends that the plan to allocate N15 billion for the vice president’s residence constitutes a fundamental violation of the Nigerian Constitution and the nation’s international commitments to anticorruption and human rights. The organization emphasizes the Senate’s constitutional duty to ensure that Wike’s proposed expenditure aligns with constitutional provisions and the oath of office. SERAP asserts that all public officials are bound by the rule of law, urging the Senate to scrutinize and reject expenditures inconsistent with legal and constitutional principles.


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