Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai on Friday said there is no transparency in National Assembly (NASS) budget , nobody knows the budget and how much they get paid.
He also pointed out publications are made about lawmakers salaries and allowances , which he doesn’t believe are true ,but cannot be defended ,because there is no transparency about the budget, personal costs and so on and so forth.
“I think you can do something about that to clear all the rumours and remove all the evil stories that are largely untrue,” he said .
El-Rufai who stated this during the closing ceremony of NASS retreat in Kaduna said , ” National Assembly is seen as an opposition to the fight against corruption, the National Assembly particularly the Senate is seen as one of the fighters of the war against corruption and that image has to be worked on, now that we are going towards election year, the leadership and members of the National Assembly has to do something about the narratives.
“I don’t believe that it is entirely true, I also don’t believe it is entirely false but it is important that the National Assembly do something about its image”.
Speaker of Representatives , Rt Honourable Yakubu Dogara while delivering his address however told the Governor that instructions has already been given to the appropriate quarters to publish the National Assembly budget.
The Speaker who expressed reservation about joining issues with the Governor said, “you will have some kind of misfortune if you attempt to join issues with intellectuals like my Elder, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, but as intellectuals we expand issues and add to discussion, so I will like to challenge you to champion the call for transparency in budgeting and budgettary process of NASS to other arms of government.
“We want to see Chief Executives of states published how they are paid, what they spend monthly as security votes, and also publish what happens to local government funds,” he challenged the governor.
Similarly, the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan who represented the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki at the occasion said, the National Assembly fights corruption and support the fight against it at all levels of governance contrary to whatever belief of many.
He said, “In the National Assembly, we fight corruption through our support and as a matter of facts, the anti corruption agencies are our creation and for our budget, it is always at the public domain”.
He said, the legislature and Executive must work together to deliver on promises to Nigerians, adding that, Nigerians expect higher and better performances in terms of service, as legislators we are prepared to continue to support the administration of President Buhari either through the fight against corruption or in the confirmation of political appointees.