Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, on Friday urged members of the National Assembly to do something about its image by disclosing their budgetary allocation, salaries and allowances to Nigerians.
This, the governor argued, was the least they could do to bring about transparency and address the secrecy and negative image their earnings had generated over the years.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of National Assembly Management Retreat held in Kaduna on Friday, el-Rufai, alleged that the National Assembly, especially the Senate, had specifically become a cog in the wheel of progress in the fight against corruption in the country.
But the Senate Majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan, who represented the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, at the event said contrary to belief in some quarters, the Senate was in support of the fight against corruption at all levels of governance.
While speaking, the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, challenged governors, including el-Rufai, to disclose how much they are paid as security votes in their respective states.
Though he said he wouldn’t want to take issues with el-Rufai, the Speaker said the governors should also explain to Nigerians how they spend the funds belonging to local government councils in their states, which Dogara said the governors withhold under the guise of state/local government joint account.
The speaker stated that the legislature had already taken a decision to make its budget open, beginning with this year’s budget, saying the National Assembly had its own peculiar challenges, while describing it as the most “misunderstood” of the three arms of government.topics from