Abbas Tajudeen, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, revealed that despite inflation and its associated consequences, the National Assembly’s annual budget has remained unchanged for 13 years,Daily Trust reports.
This disclosure was made during a meeting with a delegation from the African Business Roundtable in Abuja on Wednesday, as stated by Musa Abdullahi Krishi, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker.
The Speaker conveyed that the National Assembly’s budget has remained stagnant for over a decade, even though expenditures have increased during this period. He emphasized that there were instances when the National Assembly’s budget decreased from the levels observed in 2011.
During the meeting with the delegation led by Mr. Dotun Ajayi, Executive Director (West Africa), Abbas also informed them about the establishment of more than 60 parliamentary friendship committees by the 10th House. These committees were created to strengthen relationships between the House and other parliaments worldwide.
Abbas underscored the importance of external support for the efficient functioning of these friendship committees and expressed the House’s commitment to supporting initiatives that promote improved relations with other parliaments. He further shared that the House had taken proactive steps by announcing the membership of 43 parliamentary friendship committees on July 27, which aimed to enhance business and other aspects of relations. Subsequently, this number was increased to 65 two weeks ago, and just recently, Serbia was included, bringing the total to 66.