National Assembly budget to be made public

Senate President Bukola Saraki has reiterated the commitment of the Senate to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to fight corruption. Saraki insisted that “under my watch, the Senate will never cover corruption except if the information didn’t come to us”. A statement by the Special Assistant to Senate President on Public Affairs, Muhammed Isa, said that Saraki stated this while speaking with a team of
editors of the London-based The Economist  at the weekend.
It said  Saraki reiterated that the Senate is ever ready to partner with President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the success of the anti-corruption war.
The Senate, he said, had already demonstrated such commitment through its interventions on many alleged corrupt transactions, such as its swift investigation and adoption of a report on the management of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) that saved the nation about N7billion and the exposure of the inconsistencies in the 2016 budget.
The step, he said, was a departure from the past where such reports were either watered-down or not presented for debate and adoption.
The Senate President said Nigerians would in the next few weeks be availed with the details of the National Assembly budget.
He said: “For the first time we promised Nigerians to give out  our budget breakdown. The committee will make its report available by next week. We are resolved to break the tradition of one line item.”

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