Reps got N1.271trn in 10 yrs, stole N500bn – Jibrin

The House of Rep­resentatives in the past 10 years got N1. 271trillion as statu­tory allocation, from which the sum N500 billion was stolen in the name of running cost, sacked Appropriation Committee Chairman, Hon Abdulmumin Ji­brin, has said.
In a statement he is­sued at the weekend, Jibrin gave the break­down of the 10 years’ allocation as follows: “In 2006, the lawmak­ers got N49.3 billion, in 2007 (N59.80 billion), N112.56 billion for 2008.
“In 2009, N106.64 billion; 2010, N127. 78 billion; 2011, N150 bil­lion; 2012, N150 bil­lion; 2013, N150 bil­lion; 2014, N150 billion; 2015, N120 billion and 2016, N115 billion”, he said.
Jibril explained that the National Assembly’s allocation is a first line charge in the budget which makes it a prior­ity and mandatory pay­ment from the federa­tion account
He said: The utilisa­tion of this allocation which is the internal budget of the House has remained the most opaque in the entire world. When the alloca­tion is received, the run­ning cost of members which comes up to al­most half the allocation is deducted.
“No member has a copy of the internal bud­get of the House which shows how the balance is spent. It is important to note that the running cost excludes salaries of legislative aides many of whom are ghost staff and other expenditures.
“The balance which is more than sufficient but for corruption is what is expected to be used to run the activities of the NASS. But, severally, the House still inserts some of its expenditure in the federal government budget especially capital supplementation under service wide vote.

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