The Presidency has been chastised by the Socio-economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) for allocating N26 billion in the 2022 budget for meals, travel, refreshment, and the presidential wing of the State House clinic, which is more than the budgets for projects in 14 teaching hospitals combined.
Only N19.17 billion was budgeted for existing and new projects at 14 university teaching hospitals throughout the country in the proposed budget, with the University of Jos Teaching Hospital receiving a meager N908 million allocation.
SERAP contended in a suit filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja that the presidency’s massive spending is neither required nor in the public interest, particularly in light of the sparse allocations to education and health.
“According to sources, the proposed N26 billion on travels, lunches, refreshments, and the presidential wing of the State House Clinic is more than the proposed allocations for ongoing and new projects at 14 teaching hospitals combined,” the group said in a statement.
“N19.17 billion is allocated to the following teaching hospitals”
UNILAG Teaching Hospital – N1.69bn
ABU Teaching Hospital – N2.38bn
University College Hospital, Ibadan—N1.49bn
UNN Teaching Hospital – N1.38bn.
UNIBEN Teaching Hospital – N1.35bn
OAU Teaching Hospital – N1.35bn
UNILORIN Teaching Hospital – N982m
UNIJOS Teaching Hospital – N908m
University of Port Harcourt – N1.14bn
UNIMAID Teaching Hospital – N986m
Dan Fodio University Teaching Hospital – N987m
Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital – N2.49bn
UNIABUJA Teaching Hospital – N1.90bn
ATBU Teaching Hospital – N947m.”