Senate President says National Assembly to pass proposed 2022 budget
Written by News Room on December 14, 2021
The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, says the National Assembly will pass the proposed 2022 budget before the end of the legislative week.
He disclosed this on Monday in Abuja while giving a lecture at the maiden Distinguished Parliamentarians Lecture Series organised by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS).
Lawan said the current National Assembly has made it a practice for the budget to be presented and passed before the end of December yearly, to ensure that its implementation commences in January.
For him, the National Assembly has been grossly underfunded in the last four years.
Other areas where he gave clarifications included perception of corruption, constituency projects, purchase of operational vehicles for lawmakers, and the insinuations that the legislature was a rubber stamp.
Delivering a lecture titled ‘The Legislature, Legislative Mandate and the Public – The Reality and The Public Perception’, he used the opportunity to clear the air around what he described as misconceptions about the allowances of members of the National Assembly.
He revealed that the total salary of a member of the Senate was about 1.5 million naira and that of the House of Representatives was about 1.3 million naira.
The lawmaker added that the average office running cost for a senator was about 13 million naira while that of a member of the House of Representatives was 8 million naira.