Campaign to collect signatures under demand to open up National Assembly's opaque budget has started on site change.org. The purpose of this campaign is to urge the National Assembly to open up to Nigerians how its N600Bn budget was spent in the last four years.
Every year the National Assembly gets for the needs of Nigeria’s lawmakers hefty sum of N150Bn from the national treasury - regardless of the current state of finances in the country. Nevertheless, nobody really knows how this sum is spent. The details of this transaction kept in secret. No proper audit of the National Assembly’s spending has been made to date. The National Assembly is not willing to disclose where sum equivalent to some individual budgets of sates in Nigeria is spent yearly.
“Nigerians deserve to know who gets what and how, of our common inheritance” – told one of the petitioners Donatus Chukwu. “I believe governance in Nigeria should be more transparent in order to curtail corruption and wastage” – agrees with him another campaigner for the National Assembly transparency Emeka Ogbonna.
The petition itself is published in full on the website https://www.change.org. This website provides petition tool with 65 million users worldwide. Non-government organisations like Amnesty International also frequently use change.org as a tool for collecting signatures under their petitions. Change.org's mission is to "empower people everywhere to create the change they want to see."