Jumbo Pay allegation:NASS summons Sanusi, Aganga and Amina

The National Assembly has summoned the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mister Sanusi Lamido, and the Finance Minister, Mister Olusegun Aganga, to defend allegations that twenty five percent of the national budget is spent by the legislators.

The two officials were invited separately by the House of Representatives and the senate to defend comments that the National Assembly is serviced with 25% of the overhead cost of annual budget and a suggestion that the budgetary allocation to the National Assembly should be reduced.

Besides, Sanusi and Aganga, the lawmakers summoned the special adviser to the president on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Missus Amina Az-Zubir to explain how “constituency projects are executed.

For some lawmakers, the comment is a case of ignorance on the part of officials, while others argue that the statements were made to smear the legislature and incite the public against the members of the national assembly.

Some other lawmakers called for the removal of the central bank governor because he has embarked on a campaign to mislead Nigerians.

While the House of Representatives argued that the comments by Sanusi and Aganga have dented the image of the national assembly and the electoral values of members, they resolved that the two officials should appear before the house on Thursday.

On their part, the senators said that both officials have lost the privilege to enter their chamber after the disparaging comments against them and ordered them to appear before an adhoc committee of the senate.

The Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido, had over the weekend, raised alarm over the high cost of maintaining the National Assembly which he put at 25 per cent of the nation’s expenditure, saying if the trend was not checked, it would continue to stall the growth and development of the nation’s economy.

Sanusi who was speaking at the eighth convocation of the Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, expressed fear that the economy would not improve to meet the nation’s target of being one of the 20 largest economies in the world if 25 per cent of the nation’s expenditure continued to be expended on the recurrent expenditure of the National Assembly. Sanusi insisted that there must be cuts in recurrent expenditure.

He said the nation must focus on policies that would bring development through increased capital expenditure, stressing that if this was not done, the economy would continue to remain in comatose.

Sanusi who delivered a lecture entitled “Growth prospects for the Nigerian economy,” said that 25 per cent of the Federal Government’s yearly expenditure went to the National Assembly, noting that this was a development that was capable of hindering the economy further if not redressed.

“If you look at the budget, the bulk of government spending is recurrent; recurrent expenditure. That is a big problem; 25 per cent of overhead of Federal Government goes to the National Assembly. We need power, we need infrastructure, so we need to start looking at the structure of expenditure and make it more consistent with the development initiative of the country. A country like Ethiopia which came out of war just yesterday is growing at 11 per cent per annum and by 2012, Ethiopia will be generating 4,000 megawatt of electricity which is more than what Nigeria is generating today. It is one thing to complain about Nigeria’s problem, the situation is heightened when you see pockets of success around Africa Sanusi said.

However the senate committee chairman on information and media, Senator Ayogu Eze said that the statement by Sanusi was part of an orchestrated campaign to tarnish the image of the National Assembly.

Eze, who addressed Senate correspondents, said the statement credited to the Governor of the CBN was not only mischievous but embarrassing and calculated to tarnish the image of the National Assembly.

According to him, “the total budget figure for the year 2010 as amended is N4,427,184,596,534. That is the entire budget of the federation. And the entire budget of the National Assembly, including the Senate, the House of Representatives, the National Assembly Service Commission, our legislative aides and all the entire current and capital expenditure for the year 2010 is N158,916,167,627.

What we have is N4.427 trillion for the entire federation and what the National Assembly gets is N0.158 trillion which is 3.5 percent of the entire budget of the federation. So where is the mathematics of the 25 percent coming from? Eze said.

“I think that this is not only mischievous, it is calculated to tarnish the image and reputation of the National Assembly and it is part of the orchestrated assault, verbal and sometimes physical, against the National Assembly by some misinformed people who do not wish the National Assembly well.” Eze added.

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  3. Is this really nersaescy! I’ve read that people said SLS is a tool! Was he a tool when he went against the banks and bankers? I watched the coverage on AIT and other Channels and if I can remember correctly he said the same thing as everyone which is Nigeria cannot afford the Subsity as the money was wasted! He also highlighted that many of the so called Marketers did not sell their PMP or AGO within Nigeria as they took it to Chad, Niger and other countries! No other Minister within Mr President inner circle made such revelation! Sanusi Lamido Sanusi also made a good point which most of you are taking out of content, he gave an exaple that Senior Civil Servant in this country are not in tune with the real issue bother the people and his example was as CBN Government he does not know how or when his cars are filled with petrol. He also went on to state that in another country that would not have happened as most CBN Governors did not need escort of any sort to do their job! Now how many Minister would admit this on live tv when the people in the country were protesting! Please people be careful how you treat man that have do so much so far for our country!!!And regarding Fani Kayode, you might have be within Government for 21yrs or so but have you made a real impact like SLS? You should have never have written this reply if you can call it a reply as it makes you look bitter and desperate!!!People of Nigeria, its not be bother on the removal of the fuel subsidy and forcaste on the main issue of the people of Nigeria being bullied by the FG by their failure over the last 12 yrs of democracy! The main issue is the lack of FG to do what is right for the people which is to sort out his house before they ask the people to sacrifice anything! We as a people have shown we are strong together and that the FG are scared if and when we unite under one flag, the Nigerian Flag! Let’s is as a country fight corruption in FG, State Government and Civil Servant! If the current system is not working then lest change it instead of fighting with one another! FG should lead by example not dictate, FG should be accountable to the people and set a good example!!Fani Kayode and Sanusi Lamido Sanusi are good Civil Servant and let’s leave it at that! AKS


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