Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has challenged Governor Nasir el-rufa’i of Kaduna State to extend his campaign for transparency in the budget of the National Assembly to other arms of government including how governors spend their security votes.
Speaking, while closing a retreat for management of the National Assembly in Kaduna on Friday, Dogara, also challenged the governors, to, in the spirit of accountability and transparency publish how they utilise funds allocated to local governments.
The Speaker’s position was in reacting to an earlier speech by Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir Ahmed el-rufa’i, who urged the legislature to make its budget public. He disclosed that already, they have been directed to publish the National Assembly budget beginning from 2017.
“I will like to challenge him (el-rufa’i) to champion this cause for transparency in the budgetary process from the National Assembly to other arms of government.
“The Judiciary first. We want to see clearly how Chief Executives of States… how they are paid. What do they spend monthly as security votes. And if they can publish what happens to local government funds under their jurisdictions. That will help our discussion going forward,” he explained.