AT LAST! National Assembly to open its budget after years of secrecy

The leadership of Nigeria’s National Assembly have finally agreed to make the 2017 budget of the legislature open to the public, ending eight years of secrecy.

The decision was reached at the meeting of leadership of the Senate and the House of Reps, which commenced late Monday and ended moments after midnight, at the Maitama, Abuja, residence of Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Following that resolution, the proposed 2017 budget of the National Assembly is to be laid in both Houses today (Tuesday) when the lawmakers reconvene for business.

“It is now certain,” one source told PT, “the budget of the National Assembly will be laid this morning, the leaders of the National Assembly, Senate and the House of Representatives have decided. The Speaker was also here.”

The source did not disclose the total sum of the budget, which stood at N115 billion in 2016.

We hope it will be completely open, and not just to give Nigerians sub-heads.