The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday, October 20, disclosed that he will not sign the 2021 budget if compensation for the victims of police brutality is excluded.
He also stated that he will not sign the budget; if funding is not allocated to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Gbajabiamila stated these in his remarks at the plenary session on Tuesday.
“I will not sign off on a 2021 Budget that does not include adequate provisions to compensate those who have suffered violence and brutality at the hands of the police in Nigeria in the last two decades.
“I will not sign off on a budget that does not meet the reasonable demands of the 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 our country…We must commit to changing it so that we can free our institutions of higher learning to be citadels; where innovation thrives, and excellence is a given.”
Gbajabiamila added that he will be visiting families of victims of police brutality. Further, he reiterated support for the electoral reform bill and constitutional amendment.
“With my colleagues in the House of Representatives; I will visit over the next week, some of the families of those who have lost loved ones to police brutality…When we come back, we will work together to honour the memory of those we have lost.
“The House of Representatives will pass an Electoral Reform Bill in time for the next general elections; so that we may continue to improve the process of electing our political representatives at all levels.
“I will support the amendment of the constitution to ensure that the provisions on fundamental human rights have teeth, resource control is dealt with equitably and that the next generation of Nigerians does not inherit evident dysfunctions of our current system.”