Abbas expresses disappointment over the 13-year stagnant NASS budget.

admin September 28, 2023
Updated 2023/09/28 at 10:10 AM

The Honorable Abbas Tajudeen, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has raised concerns about the National Assembly’s budget remaining stagnant for 13 years, despite the effects of inflation and its consequent repercussions.

According to a statement released on Wednesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Musa Krishi, the Speaker also highlighted that the expenditure of the federal legislature has risen during this duration, without adequate budgetary allocations to sustain it.

During a courtesy visit by a delegation from the African Business Roundtable, led by Mr. Dotun Ajayi, Executive Director (West Africa), in Abuja on Wednesday, Abbas made the following statement: “For the past 13 years, our budget has remained the same while our expenses have consistently increased.

In fact, there were even moments when the National Assembly budget was reduced from its 2011 levels.” Abbas also mentioned that during the 10th House tenure, they created over 60 parliamentary friendship committees to foster better relationships between the House and other parliaments worldwide.

He added, “I am happy to inform you that we have already taken action on your concerns several months ago. On July 27, we announced the formation of 43 parliamentary friendship committees to explore ways of strengthening our relations, particularly in business and other areas.”

“He mentioned that two weeks ago, we increased the number from 43 to 65. Just yesterday, Serbia was added, bringing the total to 66,” he stated.

Earlier, Ajayi pointed out that the recent coup in Niger Republic has altered the nature of interactions between certain European countries and West Africa.

He highlighted that Niger’s relations with France in particular had become strained, and the French government was considering cutting off all forms of assistance to West Africa due to the coup.

“The president has been involved in discreet diplomatic efforts concerning this matter. It is important for the parliament to openly collaborate with him on this. Our parliament should engage with the French parliament and the EU,” he suggested.

He also mentioned that the European Union had allocated 20 billion Euros for Sub-Saharan Africa, stating, “We hope to see a situation where your engagement enhances what reaches Nigeria.”

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