- Nigeria's House of Representatives said it does not have enough money to fund its operations
- The house's spokesperson, Benjamin Kalu, said some committees were already complaining of lack of operational funds
- According to him, the the National Assembly is operating the same budget template used 10 years ago
The House of Representatives has aired a complaint that it is currently running out of funds to perform its primary functions.
Benjamin Kalu, the spokesman of the lower legislative chamber made this known in Abuja, noting that some committees were already complaining of lack of operational funds.
Kalu reiterated that the house is struggling to manage its responsibilities with the available resources.
He explained that the funds he is talking about has to do with the one needed to perform the house's functions of making laws and performing legislative oversights, not funds for constituency projects.
Kalu lamented that the National Assembly is operating the same budget template used 10 years ago, noting that the purchasing power of Nigeria's currency has reduced.
He, however, said the paucity of funds did not stop the house from recording some key achievements through its committees.
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Meanwhile, the House of Representatives members will be going on a 15-minute break every day of sitting.
The lawmakers said they need to stretch their legs after sitting for a long time at plenary.
Speaking on the development, Benjamin Kali argues that the break will also allow Muslim members to observe their prayers while others have a tea break.
In other news, the speaker of Nigerian House of Reps Femi Gbajabiamila and the chairman committee on defence, Babajimi Benson, have stated their worry that foreign government is backing insurgency in the country.
This was disclosed after the lawmakers had a meeting with security chiefs on Wednesday, February 5, following the growing concerns of insecurity in Nigeria.
The House of Reps speaker who confirmed that the conspiracy theory was discussed during the meeting urged the service chiefs to double up their efforts in the fight against insurgency.
Also, the House of Representatives maintained its demand for the sack or resignation of the service chiefs over the insecurity in the country.
The spokesperson for the House told journalists in Abuja that the lower house has not backed down on its call for the removal of the security chiefs.
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