Cancer treatment and HIV drugs were among those either cut or totally removed by the National Assembly in the 2018 spending plan marked by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.
Subsequent to signing the financial budget into law, President Muhammadu Buhari blamed the National Assembly for tampering with the spending plan and expanding their own budget plan.
As per the president, the legislators affected cuts adding up to N347 billion in allocations to 4,700 ventures and presented new 6,403 projects of their own estimated at about N578 billion.
papers containing details of project works either cut, evacuated or unlawfully embedded in the financial plan by the legislators uncovered that the majority of the ventures embedded into the financial plan of MDAs cut across mainly lawmakers’ constituencies.
They include tasks by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Federal Ministries of Health, Transportation, Education, Power, Works and Housing, Industry, Trade and Investment and additionally Service Wide Vote.
The report demonstrated that N140 million provided in the draft appropriation introduced to the National Assembly in November 2017 by the president for training of personnel and central precurment of 300,000 dialysis consumables by the Federal Ministry of Health was cut, leaving just N80 million.
Likewise, in a nation where cancer is attacking because of absence of treatment, about N700 million provided for the foundation of chemotherapy focuses in 10 teaching hospitals across the nation was reduced to just N300 million.
Up until this point, there are just three diagnostic laboratries built up by the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) for cancer treatment in the nation at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) and Federal Medical Center, Umuahia (FMCU).
The arrangement of over N2.07 billion assigned for the acquisition of antiretroviral drugs for HIV patients and other living with AIDS was cut to N1.1 billion.
About N6 billion allocated for vita intervations in some tertiary health establishments to provide food for the general population’s wellbeing was cut by 80 percent, leaving just N1.2 billion.
Once more, out of about N1.43 billion designated for dispersion, transport and support of cool chain supply frameworks for drugs conservation in national and state hospitals was cut by more than 85 per cent to just N208.5 million.
In Works Ministry, out of about N7.3 billion assigned for the dualisation of the South-South segment of the East West Road was cut by more than 34% to N4.78 billion.
Similarly, about N5.5 billion of about N6.9 billion assigned for the arrangement of electrical power and water supply, development of defensive fences along the Abraka, Oria, Oruwhorum passage for the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Aladja railroad framework was cut off.
The development of Enugu Airport terminal building, which got over N2.03 billion portion in the draft spending plan was decreased by 74% to just N530.1 million.
Additionally audit of the documents demonstrated that apart from 22 projects in the Niger Delta region esteemed at about N2.017 billion totally removed from the budget, the greater part of the more than 6,400 inserted includes those in the legislators constituencies not some portion of the N100 billion constituency projects for which separate arrangement have been made.
These projects inserted are the ones the president said ought to be under the domain of state and local governments’ duties which the government ought not be burdened with.
The greater part of these projects are arranged under supply of mechanical sewing machines, building of fish feed factories, supply of tricycles/motorcycles and Volkswagen Golf cars for empowerment of youth and ladies for strengthening programs; buy of grinding machines for ladies and youth, arrangement of boreholes in some local communities; preparing and strengthening of peaceful ex-instigators; buying and distributing of drilling hand pumps in some rural areas.
Different things incorporated are medical service outreach for aged displaced people; supply of generators, sewing machines and scissors for youth strengthening and buy and supply of utility vehicles for Ideato Youths; arrangement of finish set of grinding machines; development and establishment of solar based street lights in some rural communities; drainage control works in some communities.
Likewise covered by things inserted in the budget by the legislators includes training of youth and ladies in fishery, piggery and feeds cultivating in some local communities; development of cassava, rice, soya bean handling plants in some local areas; youth and ladies empowerment in agriculture in some local communities; arrangement of access roads in some local communities; building culverts and drainage system over some local communities; overhauling of pathways and driveways in some estate homes.
The others included are arrangement of business entrepreneur training of youths of some local communities; training of artisans as youth empowerment; supply of transformers for some local areas; empowerment and post-harvest training for farmers in some rural areas; development of fish ponds to engage youth in the rural areas; buy and supply of some agriculture and cultivating hardware; capacity expanding on fruits and vegetable processing; buy of bikes for augmentation work and acquirement of fertilizers for agriculturists; vital training and empowerment of local agriculturists; remodel of some primary schools and secondary schools in some local areas; supply of furniture in some assigned primary and secondary schools and construction of VIP toilets in primary schools