Senate President Bukola Saraki has reiterated his pledge to end the secrecy surrounding the National Assembly budget, saying the breakdown would soon be made public.
Hosting a team of editors of the London based newspaper, “The Economist”, Saraki said Nigerians would in the next few weeks be given details of the budget which would be a departure from the tradition of having a one line item budget.
“For the first time we promised Nigerians to give out our budget breakdown. The committee will make its report available by next week. We are resolved to break the tradition of one line item,” he said.
Saraki in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Mohammed Isa, said the Senate was ever ready to partner with President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the success of the anti-corruption war.
He said under his watch the senate would never cover up corruption except the information didn’t get to the chamber.
According to him, the Senate had already demonstrated such commitment through its interventions on many alleged corrupt transactions such as the Treasury Single Account (TSA) that saved the nation about N7bn.
He allayed the fears that the low prices of oil will have negative impact on the implementation of the 2016 budget, saying, “what we need to do is to block leakages and show more transparency”.