N’Assembly will soon publish its budget – Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara said the National Assembly has directed all its agencies to submit their budget details for publication.

Dogara in an interview with journalists in Abuja also urged members of the legislature and executive to close ranks.

Speaking on the rift between the executive and legislature, he said, “For you to have innovations and progress, people must be free to disagree and it is only in disagreeing that progress is made; so when legislature disagrees with the executive, it is view as conflicts. In most cases that is the interpretation.”

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He said Nigerians had sacrificed a lot to ensure the present government is elected, while stating that it will be sad to disappoint them.

He stated, “Our own interpretation of the principle of separation of powers is that we should cooperate more as arms of government in the national interest so that we can deliver on the promises that we made during elections. Nigerians sacrificed a lot.

“For the first time, it had not been part of our history that the opposition defeated the party that had the power of incumbency; the party that was in government, but it happened. Imagine the kind of sacrifice the people made. That therefore means we do not have the liberty as a government—the judiciary, legislature and the executive– but to close ranks and deliver on the promises we made. People sacrificed so much.

“I can’t remember any serious measure that the executive has brought to the House that was turned down. None.  We do not want to be blamed for being the stumbling block. In most cases, we overcome party differences and work together.”

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He also the National Assembly would soon publish its budget details.

“We have promised to open our books and we will definitely open our books,” he said.

He said the House of Representatives was yet to take a stance on the issue of uniform involving the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali.

He added that corruption can be reduced to the minimum but can never be eliminated.

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He stated, “The National Assembly does not command more than two per cent of the entire national budget. Budgets  for infrastructure,  whether they are for bridges or building of hospitals,  whatever they are, are  not embedded in the National Assembly budget. The entire 98 per cent of the nation’s resources is not spent by the National Assembly.”

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