President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, on Tuesday assured Nigerians that the 9th Senate will continue to be open to the public just as he debunked the outcry over the jumbo pay for lawmakers. Lawan said Nigerians deserved to understand the workings of the parliament, to know how the funds accrued to legislators are utilized.
The President of the Senate stated this when he hosted the executive of the Senators Forum of Nigeria, led by Senator Khadiriat Gwadabe in his office, Abuja.
He noted that Nigerians are less abreast on the activities of their elected legislators, “The ninth national assembly is going to be open so Nigerians will know what we are doing. I never believe there is anything called jumbo pay to the national assembly.
The national assembly members receive what is their salary,” he said. Nothing is called Jumbo Pay for Senator.
“I receive N750,000 as my salary. My office needs to be properly funded and therefore I cannot conduct my oversight without some backing.
“Nigerians need to understand this, the National Assembly, both the Senate and House of Representatives receive what is meant for them. As a Senator, my office need to be properly funded.
I believe Nigerians should understand this, and I also want you to continue to explain to Nigerians, they need to be briefed. I agree that National Assembly need proper funding because our works are so critical in national development.
“we should continue with open National Assembly, we will drive to enhance on this and I believe Nigerians will understand what we are doing here and why we need better funding. Lawan explained.
On the tasks ahead, the President of the Senate said their appropriation bill will meet the demands of Nigerians and members of the National Assembly will be timely in passing the Budget, His words, “We believe this is achievable and doable. We will work with the executives of government to present the appropriation bill in time and maybe at the end of September, the national assembly will sit and work with the MDAs within a specified time frame and process the budget and before we leave for Christmas by December, we will pass the budget,” he said.
“We must ensure that this country moves forward because the economy of Nigeria depends on public expenditure. “We want to see a budget process that starts and ends within three months that ends December so we go back to January to December cycle.”