Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has said that he will not sign the 2021 budget if the budget does not provide for compensation to victims of police brutality.
The speaker made this known in his speech before the House went into a closed door session during Tuesday’s plenary.
The speech reads: ‘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 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, and we must commit to changing it so that we can free our institutions of higher learning to be citadels where innovation thrives.’
He also stated that he will be visiting families of victims of police brutality across the country.
He as well pleaded with the protesters to suspend the ongoing protests.
The 2021 budget passed through second reading last week, Wednesday. Committees of the House are due to commence budget defence process.
Following the nationwide protest, the House in its resolution two weeks ago resolved to make provisions in the 2021 budget to compensate the victims of police brutality in the country.