Members of the House of Representatives have said they need more funds, to be able to carry out their constitutional mandate.
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Speaking to journalists on Thursday, during at interactive session, spokesman of the lower legislative chamber, Benjamin Kalu, said the budgetary allocation of the house needs to be increased from the current N128 billion.
“Yes, the house is broke. I have said it before and I am saying it again and I am not afraid of saying it.
“This is the fact until Nigerians believe that the appropriation that was made for the running of the National Assembly, which was done when the exchange rate of naira to the dollar was 180 is less now than what it used to be.
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“The dollar equivalent today has gone up to over N400, the purchasing power of the budget as it is now, is weaker than it was 10 years ago.
“Why are you afraid to raise the budget of the National Assembly that will enable us to conduct our services efficiently and effectively,” he said.
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He added that lawmakers appropriate for agencies to run effectively, but the poor budget of the parliament is a disservice to Nigerians.
Meanwhile, most Nigerians believe that the national assembly is a drain on the nation’s resources.