The decision of the National Assembly Management to acquire Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) amounting to a total of ₦5.5 billion budget for each of the 469 members in the legislature was met with a backlash from the masses. Agitated by the news, some Nigerians have gone to court challenging the move.
Reacting to the public outcry, majority leader of the 9th Senate, Yahaya Abdullahi, says it is “highly insulting” as each member of the Senate is deserving of an official vehicle such as an SUV. The senator disclosed this while speaking to newsmen in Abuja.
The lawmaker stated that an official car is not too much compared to the work lawmakers do. Comparing their earnings with those of Ministers, Abdullahi noted that Ministers get more money despite not being superior to lawmakers.
"Go and tell the people that the work that we do, is more than the work of Ministers. And as representatives of the people, the money we spend on a daily basis on all forms of indigent people, far outweighs whatever they as Ministers or executive officers spend.”
Speaking further, the senator affirmed readiness of the federal legislature to engage anyone interested in knowing about its spending and activities, emphasizing that all operations of the federal legislature are transparent.
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Senator Yahaya Abdullahi is the majority Leader of the 9th Senate
The lawmaker commended efforts of the executive arm of government in releasing the Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) and the 2020-2022 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF). Proposals for the 2020 budget will be administered by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, in no distant time. Such development may enable the country go back to its budget circle of January to December. Currently, the country implements the May/June circle caused by delays in passing the budget.
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