The president of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Friday, April 12, released the full details of the 2018 budget of the legislative arm of government at the centre in reaction to BudgIT's calls for openness.
The budget of 2018 as released by Saraki showed that the National Assembly got N139,500,000,000 for the year under review out of which N35,582,085,699 went to the Senate and N57,425,137,793 went to the House of Representatives.
The details of the budget further showed that the National Assembly commission got N2,736,081,266 in the 2018 budget while N10,202,095,928 went to legislative aides.
Also, the National Assembly Legislative Institute had N4,373,813,596 earmarked for it while N1,145,143,254 went for service-wide vote of the Legislature.
Also, the National Assembly office got N15,389,235,912.
BudgIT also confirmed that the Senate president re-assured that details of National Assembly's 2018/19 budgets would be made public.
"Saraki, yesterday at a dialogue session with BudgIT on appropriation process and constituency projects, vowed that #OpenNASS is now a permanent policy," BudgIT said.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that BugIT recently claimed that the Nigerian government wasted at least N10 trillion on subsidizing petrol.
BudgIT, a civic organization that applies technology to intersect citizen engagement with institutional improvement, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to remove fuel subsidy as it believes that the country was putting itself in problem.
“To the detriment of socio-economic developments, Nigeria has spent nothing less than N10 trillion on petrol import subsidy between 2006 and 2018,” Shakir Akorede, the communications associate of BudgIT, said in a statement.
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