Nigeria’s House of Representatives has said its current N16billion budget for the running of the lower parliament is inadequate.
Yunusa Abubakar, lawmaker and member of house committee on house services, said on Channels Television morning show on Tuesday that the House deserves double the amount. Twice the current allocation to the parliament translates into N32billion.
Abubakar said contrary to the House spokesman’s claim that the House was broke, what it faces is inadequacies.
“The assembly is not broke as such, but when you talk about inadequacy, the amount allocated to the national assembly is somewhat grossly inadequate to run the structure that exists in the assembly,” said the lawmaker.
“It is obvious the N16 billion naira allocated to the national assembly management is not enough. According to the bureaucracy ( the national assembly administration), to maintain our chamber alone, they are spending over N40 million monthly”.
When asked how much would be enough for the national assembly management, he said, “going by our need assessment, the amount should have been doubled”.
“Everybody knows that we do live coverage and we are charged how many millions for it. Running it is very costly.
“What is taking the chunk of the money is how to conduct the day to day business of the legislative arm of government,” he stated.