OrderPaperToday – In view of the clamour that the National Assembly should reduce its budget, the House of Representatives has said that the reduction of cost of governance should start with the executive arm of government.
Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Benjamin Kalu, made the call on Thursday while briefing newsmen at the national assembly in Abuja.
Mr. Kalu explained that of the entire national budget, the National Assembly takes only 0.8%.
According to him, if the cost of governance of this country must be reduced it must be from the executive arm.
“If you look at the executive you’ll know that the cost of governance is high. It is high time we started looking at the 99.902% of the executive than to be focusing on the 0.8% of the legislature”, he said.
Recall that three arms of government makes a democratic system to function. The House of Representatives and the Senate make up the legislature which comprises of 469 lawmakers. The Executive arm on its part is comprised of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) while the Judiciary interprets the law.
The reps spokesman had informed that the National Assembly is in debt contrary to widespread belief that the lawmaking arm has too much money allocated to it.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kalu hinted that the House committees will from next week start submission of reports as regards the ongoing budget defence of MDAs.
“We’re committed to meeting up with the January to December calendar. The House gave each committees deadline on the budget. Most of these committees will start submitting their reports from Wednesday next week.
“From time to time we’ll bring committees chairman for journalist to ask questions regarding the 2020 budget appraisal and the proposed 2021 budget. Sectoral engagements with lawmakers will commence soon. Here, people can ask lawmakers how impactful will their motions raised on the floor be to the masses”, the house spokesman revealed.