CISLAC charges N/As­sem­bly over scan­dals

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

The Civil Leg­isla­tive Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre (CISLAC) has urged the Na­tional As­sem­bly to come clean on the var­i­ous scan­dals dent­ing her im­age.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the cen­tre, Auwal Musa Raf­san­jani, said yes­ter­day in a state­ment that the re­cent rev­e­la­tions by a for­mer chair­man of the Ap­pro­pri­a­tion Com­mit­tee of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives was fur­ther ex­po­sure of the in­sti­tu­tional fraud that had char­ac­ter­ized the Na­tional As­sem­bly over the years.

“We note that such practices have been go­ing on for a long time as the Na­tional As­sem­bly has been known, in the past, to in ad­di­tion to pad­ding the bud­get at the point of de­fence, made du­bi­ous in­clu­sions of Con­stituency Projects as well as have de­manded and re­ceived in­duce­ment for sec­to­rial al­lo­ca­tion, the Fabian Osuji calls to mind.

“We find this al­le­ga­tions com­ing at a time when is­sues of Se­nate Rules forg­eries are still on-go­ing as one scan­dal too many trail­ing the leg­isla­tive arm and en­dan­ger­ing in­tegrity, con­fi­dence and hon­our that is cru­cial for the leg­is­la­ture to per­form and deepen our democ­racy,” Raf­san­jani said.

He urged the ICPC, Code of Con­duct Bureau and other re­lated statu­tory bod­ies to un­der­take fur­ther in­quest in the al­le­ga­tions to get to the root of the mat­ter and bring culprits to book where pos­si­ble to serve as a de­ter­rent for the fu­ture.

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