SENATE President, Bukola Saraki has formally replied ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to the National Assembly on January 13, where-in he accused federal lawmakers of corruption, greed, lawlessness and impunity.
In his January 29 reply, obtained by Premium Times, Saraki said the Eighth National Assembly, under his leadership is already taking steps to strengthen the country’s democratic institutions and ensure prudent management of resources.
“This is to ensure that we plug all leakages and minimise waste across our expenditure systems,” the Senate president said in the two-page letter.
“Likewise, the Eigth National Assembly has made the issue of plugging leakages and cutting wastages in our public expenditure system a major priority that should not be toyed with. This may have happened in the past but, it will not happen with us.”
The former president, had in his letter, addressed to Saraki and Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, accused the lawmakers of fixing and earning salaries and allowances far above what the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) approved for them.
He also alleged that most of the 109 senators and 369 representatives were receiving constituency allowances without maintaining constituency offices as the laws required of them.
He faulted the plans by the lawmakers to acquire new exotic cars for themselves, saying, “Whatever name it is disguised as, it is unnecessary and insensitive.”
He advised that “a pool of a few cars for each chamber will suffice for any Committee Chairman or members for any specific duty.”