By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The lower chamber of Nigeria’s National Assembly, the House of Representatives, is reportedly in a financial mess, which is negatively impinging on its effectiveness in the performance of its lawmaking functions.
This was confirmed by Hon. Benjamin Kalu, spokesman for the House, during a media chat in Abuja, where he disclosed that the lower arm of the legislature was indebted to contractors and consultants.
“Yes, the House is broke, I have said it before and I am saying it again and I am not afraid to say it. The House is broke and it is afraid to appropriate the sufficient amount for them to do their job.
“The House is broke and is afraid of your complaints as Nigerians to make provision for what will make them run the activities of the House effectively. That is why today, here is hot; that is why the hearing rooms are not fixed; that is why the house is indebted to contractors who provide one form of service or the other”, he stated.
Speaking further, Kalu said that the N128 billion National Assembly budget is inadequate, adding that the appropriation that was made for the running of the National Assembly, which happened when naira was 160 to the dollar, is less now than what it used to be.