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Saturday, 13 April 2019 06:05

NASS publishes 2018 expenditures, silent on salaries, allowances

The National Assembly on Friday released  part  of  its  N139.5bn expenditure budget  in  2018.

Out of the N139.5bn appropriated for  the legislature, the sum of N26,483,039,299 was spent on personnel cost; N93,302,013,406 on overhead; N119, 785,052,705 on Recurrent; and N18,569,804,041 on capital.

Further breakdown showed that the Senate got N35,582,085,699 while the House of Representatives spent N57,425,137,793.


The National Assembly office spent N15,389,235,912; National Assembly Service Commission, N2,736,081,266; and National Assembly Institute of Legislative Studies, N4,373,813,896.

Others are legislative aides, N10,202,095,928; general services, N12,384,672,079; service wide vote, N1,145,143,245; and Public Account Committees, N118,970,215 (Senate)  and N142,764,258  (House of Reps).

It was observed that the legislature only released the amount of money spent  without  details.


For instance, the amount  of money spent on salaries, allowances, travels, welfare, furniture, transport, among others, by each of the arms of the National Assembly was  not provided.

It was further observed that while the line items on which the money was spent were listed in the 45-page document released, the amount  of money expended on each of them was  not published.


The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, had disclosed that each member of the upper chamber gets N13.5m as running cost, a statement that angered his colleagues.



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