PUBLISH YOUR MONTHLY SECURITY VOTE, NOT BUDGET, REPS TAUNTS EL-RUFAI

JENNIFER AKAMANU

 

The House of Representatives has challenged Governor Nasir El-Rufai to make public his monthly security vote and not the state’s security budget which he did on Monday.

El-Rufai and Speaker Yakubu Dogara had on Friday last week challenged each other to make public what governors earn as security vote as well as what the National Assembly earn per month.

In response to that challenge, the Kaduna State governor on Monday released details of his state finances and called on Dogara to reciprocate same by releasing details of National Assembly’s N115billion budget to the public.

While Dogara had promised to do so, he however on Tuesday released his salary payslip that puts his take home pay at about N402, 500 per month.

House of Representatives spokesperson, Abdulrazak Namdas, who threw the new challenge at El-Rufai noted that what the governor made public was his state’s security budget, and not his security vote which has remained a closely guarded secret by state governors in the country.

Namdas, who spoke to newsmen in Abuja, said that El-Rufai was undermining and distracting the National Assembly by his claims that the N115billion in the legislature’s 2016 budget was for the 469 members.

He explained that the budget covers among others, salaries, allowances, expenditure and running cost of 469 members as well as “salaries and allowances of about 3, 000 legislative aides and salaries, allowances, equipment and maintenance of about 5, 000 staff in the bureaucracy of the National Assembly.”

Namdas then said, “As a senior citizen, El-Rufai should not overheat the polity with tendentious and unfounded outbursts. We note that what Mallam El-Rufai published was the security budget of Kaduna State and not his security vote expenditure.

“We wish to advise the Kaduna State governor to concentrate on his efforts in governing Kaduna State and stop undermining and distracting the National Assembly in playing its constitutionally assigned role in nation building”, he stated.

 

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