National Assembly Budget: Saraki Is Just Granstanding 1

Let me describe a probable scenario for you. Just follow it casually. It's not complicated so you don't have to burst any vessels in your brains trying to make any sense of it. Here it is:

I am a thief. I have being stealing you guys blind since the day you gave me access to your coffers. My ostentatious life style gave me away. You guys demanded an explanation to how I can justify my expenditures. I decided to set up a panel to investigate my actions.

I selected members of the panel and I am in charge of paying them. I imagine you guys are not stupid enough to think my panel is going to come out with a guilty verdict are you?

As a matter of principle, because that is how rogues do things, this panel is going to recommend that my services to you are grossly under-appreciated. So please give me more money.

That is exactly the scenario playing out in the national assembly. Nigerians are shouting, like they always do, about the budget of the National Assembly. The budget is so ridiculous that each member reportedly gets paid over half a million naira each year to buy clothes! So in the classic rogue style, the Senate President Saraki is to commission a body to look into allowances of the National Assembly.

Hmm. I guess we know how this is going to end. That panel has no teeth to do anything of substance. It can only make recommendations. Favourable recommendations of course. The only body that can actually cut the budget of the National Assembly is the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).

This is a commission created by an act of Parliament, which means nobody can tamper with the functions of the commission. This also means the commission is an independent body. But since the advent of democracy in 1999, the RMAFC meets to, mostly, increase the allowances of political office holders, albeit, prodded by the political office holders.

CONTINUATION: National Assembly Budget: Saraki Is Just Granstanding (2)

 

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