#OpenNASS National Assembly finally publishes budget, to spend N125bn in 2017

Senate President, Bukola Saraki has repeatedly promised to open the NASS budget during his tenure.

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Leaders of Nigeria's Legislative Arm - Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara play

Leaders of Nigeria's Legislative Arm - Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara

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The National Assembly has finally published details of its annual budget after a series of calls for transparency on the part of the legislature.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki has repeatedly promised to open the NASS budget during his tenure.

 

A sum of N125 billion has been budgeted for the NASS in the 2017 Appropriation Bill.

The amount will be spent as follows:

  • Management- N14, 919, 065, 013

  • Senate- N31, 398, 765, 886

  • House of Representatives- N49, 052, 743, 983

  • National Assembly Service Commission- N2, 415, 712, 873

  • Legislative Aides- N9, 602, 095, 928

  • Public Accounts Committee of Senate- N118, 970, 215

  • Public Accounts Committee of Reps- N142, 764, 258

  • General Services- N12, 584, 672, 079

  • N/A Legislative Institute- N4, 373, 813, 596

  • Service Wide Vote- N391, 396, 169

The NASS budget was previously a single line item with no explanation of how the funds were spent.

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Nigeria’s lawmakers have been repeatedly criticized for taking home jumbo allowances and are reported to be the highest paid legislators in the world.

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