Saraki fails to release N/Assembly budget details
Senate President Bukola Saraki has failed to make public the budget breakdown of the National Assembly despite several promises to do so over the past few months.
Senator Saraki had made such promises on at least four occasions since President Muhammadu Buhari signed the budget in March.
The National Assembly budget breakdown was in the public domain until 2010 when the legislators became secretive about it by making it a single line item.
Due to public criticisms and sustained campaign by rights groups calling for transparency in the finances of the federal lawmaking body, Saraki on several occasions pledged to make the breakdown of the legislators’ budget available for public scrutiny.
The Executive Director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Awwal Musa Rafsanjani said the lawmakers would not make its budget public because “that is where they misappropriate funds.”
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Business in the 5th Senate (2003 - 2007), Umaru Tsauri told Daily Trust yesterday failure of Saraki to make the breakdown of the budget public would leave room for questions.
“The issue is at the discretion of the senate president who is the chairman of the National Assembly. Since he has promised to make it public, let him fulfil it. His refusal would be giving room for people to ask him questions,” he said.