- Senate president Ahmad Lawan has revealed what the National Assembly gets from the nation's annual budget
- Some Nigerians have been calling for the scrapping of the NASS to stop jumbo pay being received by the federal lawmakers
- According to Lawan, what is allocated to the Senate in the annual budget is less than 1%
The Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, has reacted to the call for the scrapping of the National Assembly by some notable Nigerians based on the alleged jumbo pay being enjoyed by the federal lawmakers.
According to the Leadership report, the Senate president said the annual budget of the National Assembly (NASS) is less than 1% of the total budget of Nigeria.
Legit.ng gathered the Senate president challenged those who are not comfortable with the senators in the Senate to exercise their rights and vote them out in 2023 at the polls.
Lawan spoke on Friday, November 20, while declaring open, a retreat for top management staff of the NASS and National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
He described the Senate as a stabiliser which ensured that all parts of the country are equally represented.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Lawan cleared the air on the alleged collection of N2 billion bribe to hasten the re-appointment of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
It was reported that Lawan’s reaction was contained in a statement issued on the evening of Thursday, November 19, by his media aide, Ola Awoniyi, to a report by an online medium.
In another report, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, revealed that the total public debts of Nigeria would hit N38 trillion by December 2021.
The minister disclosed this on Tuesday, November 3, in her presentation to the Senate committee on local and foreign debts.
The total public debt stock comprising the external and home debts of the federal and state governments and the Federal Capital Territory stood at N31.01trn (USD85.90 billion) as of June 30, 2020.
The minister made the government's position known on Tuesday, October 13, in Abuja during the public presentation of Budget 2021.
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