Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has directed the bureaucracy of the National Assembly to publish the budget of the legislature
The Spokesperson for the House, Abdulrazak Namdas, says Dogara gave the direction in the presence of Governor El-Rufai
Similarly, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the spokesperson to the Senate president, says Saraki’s position that that the budget of the legislature be made public after the passage of the 2017 Appropriation Bill still stands
The National Assembly has reacted to the publication of security votes by Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
Governor El-Rufai had on Monday, April 10, released details of his state’s security vote and challenged the National Assembly to do same.
The House of Representatives in response has said El-Rufai was trying to be clever in publishing some items on his security vote the way he did. The chairman, House committee on media and public affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, told the Punch on Monday.
April 10, that Dogara’s charge to El-Rufai was that he should champion the cause of transparency in all arms of government, beginning with the judiciary, the executive and also to extend it to the governors.
Besides, Namdas said the speaker had directed the bureaucracy of the National Assembly to publish the budget of the legislature, beginning with the 2017 budget, when passed. Namdas noted that Dogara gave the direction in the presence of Governor El-Rufai.
The House spokesperson said the speaker also talked about the security votes of local government councils; how are the governors spending funds, which he insisted had not been addressed.
“But, what is important is that the National Assembly bureaucracy has already been directed to publish the details of the budget.
“Dogara gave this directive right in the presence of el-Rufai. The budget will soon be passed” he said.
We learnt that when the special adviser to the president of the Senate on media and publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, was contacted over the issue, he reiterated Saraki’s earlier position that the budget of the legislature would be made public after the passage of the 2017 Appropriation Bill. Olaniyonu stated: “Yes, they are working on it and it will be made known (to the public).
At least, the national budget for 2017 has not been passed. When it will be passed, the details of the National Assembly budget will be passed along with it. That is the plan by the Senate President.”
In another news item, NAIJ reported that the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee investigating alleged 17 billion dollars stolen undeclared oil proceed has summoned Mr Ibrahim Magu, acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to appear before it on Tuesday.
The chairman of the committee, Rep. Abdulrazak Namdas, summoned Magu on Monday in Abuja at the opening of the investigation where all the invited stakeholders sent their subordinates to represent the committee.
The committee has commenced investigation into alleged 17 billion dollars stolen from undeclared crude oil and liquefied natural gas exports to global destinations.