2021 Budget: ‘Make Provisions for ASUU and #EndSARS Victims before I Sign’- Gbajabiamila
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said he would not sign the 2021 budget if the agreement between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government is not captured by the budget and if provisions are not made for the compensation of the families of victims of police brutality in the last decade.
In his opening remarks at the plenary on Tuesday, the Speaker notes that the #EndSARS protests “have gotten more serious” with pockets of violence in parts of the country.
According to him, the protests “seem to have been hijacked” by those who have a different agenda.
Gbajabiamila noted that the Federal Government, through the National Human Rights Commission, had set up a panel of enquiry to take complaints from victims of police brutality.
According to the Speaker, none of these have convinced the agitators to suspend the protests.
He pointed out that expectations from the ruling class were high, stating that, “Our people expect action and we just deliver.”