Senate President Bukola Saraki said the N125billion budget of the National Assembly is not enough to cater for the needs of the legislative arm of government.

Recall that the budget of the National Assembly was increased from N115bn to N125bn at the National Assembly during the passage of the 2017 Budget.

Breakdown of the budget that had been shrouded in secrecy for about a decade was made available to the public last year. Saraki spoke during a working visit to the chairman and members of the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC).

He said despite public perception that the National Assembly was being over funded, it is grappling with funding constraints. Saraki in a statement by his Special Assistant on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, faulted the impression that the legislature has too much money.

“As we work through the number of bills passed, the public hearings held, and the number of ad-hoc committees that have been established – we know the challenges of not being able to fund some of our activities. 

“So far, I am happy to report that despite these constraints, the 8th Senate has been able to surpass all previous Senates in the number of Bills that we have passed in 2-years – despite the funding gaps.

“We know that as we continue over time, people will begin to have more confidence in the National Assembly. However, right now, the challenges that we have are the issue of perception and the issue of funding. We need to work hard to change this,” he said.

Chairman of the Commission, Malam Adamu Fika requested support of the National Assembly leadership to construct a permanent office for the commission inside the National Assembly complex.  He said the commission still operates from a rented apartment with the attendant cost.   

Source: Daily Trust

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