Dogara replies el-Rufai, dares Kaduna governor to publish security votes

Speaker House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara (L) and Governor El Rufai of Kaduna
Speaker House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara (L) and Governor El Rufai of Kaduna

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Friday challenged the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir el-Rufai, to extend his call for budget transparency in the National Assembly to other arms of government.

Mr. Dogara was speaking at the closing of a retreat for the management of the National Assembly. The retreat held in Kaduna.

The speaker reacted to a statement credited to Mr. el-Rufai, urging the legislature to make its budget public.

Mr. Dogara said governors should, in the spirit of accountability and transparency, publish how they utilise funds allocated to local governments and how they spend their security votes.

“I will like to challenge him (El-Rufai) to champion this cause for transparency in the budgetary process from the National Assembly to other arms of government beginning with the judiciary,” he said.

“What do they spend monthly as security votes, and if they can publish what happens to local government funds under their jurisdictions, that will help our discussion going forward.”

Mr. Dogara said the National Assembly was the most “misunderstood” institution, and that no parliament in the world can win popularity contest and Nigeria’s National Assembly cannot be an exception.

“When, for instance, public discussions on funding of the legislature are being made, the entire bureaucracy is often completely discountenanced,” he said.

“No consideration is given to the fact that this is a special bureaucracy saddled with a multitude of ‘masters’ who must be equally served in addition to service to the nation,” he explained.

Mr. Dogara had earlier promised to make the National Assembly budget open starting from 2017.


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  • Daniel

    Mr Dogara, shame El Rufai by publishing your budget, if you have no skeletons.

    Too much talk and finger-pointing.

    • Frank Bassey

      And what do you say to El-Rufai?

  • sab

    The onus to proof lies on the accuser. He who wants equity must come with clean hands. El-Rufai must first remove the log on his eyes before asking others to remove the wool on their eyes. You cannot sit on local govt funds as well as security votes and at the same time ask NASS to make public their budget.

    • Ali Mubi

      I wholeheartedly support any arrangement that will make a transparent budget treatment in the National Assembly possible. The need to publish how security votes are spent by Governors is also VERY important.I think it is only in this country that money allocated to a public officer remains unaccounted for.

  • Frank Bassey

    The day PMB will sincerely and courageously descend on the corrupt governors, he will win an international award as anti-corruption Czar. El-Rufai like those at the helm of affairs of this country, are hypocrites.

    • vay

      R u referring to this same buhari or which one please? Coz this one is a fraud

  • AbdulHamid Adiamoh

    In other words, Dogara seems to be saying; “please we also need to eat something. The governors and others dey chop, so why not us?”
    Nigeria is a zero-sum experiment

  • Spoken word

    Dogara should shut up and release the budget of the house.corrupt bastard.

  • Uxhor

    ‘Armed robbers’ on rampage. Cross-fire from Nigerian thieves. Execu-thieves and legis-looters.