OrderPaperToday – President of the Senate Bukola Saraki has assured former president Olusegun Obasanjo that the 8th Senate is committed to good governance, transparency, accountability and due process.
Saraki’s assurance is in response to a scathing letter from Obasanjo wherein he accused members of the National Assembly of corruption, greed, extravagance and insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians.
In a statement signed personally by him, Saraki said the Senate and indeed the National Assembly is aware of the current economic realities and accordingly cutting its expenditure.
He said: “Yesterday, I acknowledged that i received a letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo in which he called the attention of the National Assembly to some issues.
“I will want to assure President Obasanjo that the leadership and membership of the 8th Senate are committed to good governance, transparency, accountability, due process and responsiveness to the economic reality of our nation.
“It is for this reason that the legislative chamber has introduced bold and progressive reforms in the management of the finances of the National Assembly.
“This is of even greater importance during a tough fiscal period for our country. Like I said, the Senate must lead by example in terms of our own funding, budgets and accountability – showing, beyond doubt, value for money.
“I have canvassed that we must lay bare the budget of the Senate, the National Assembly and its affiliated institutions.
“I equally canvassed the need to strengthen the capacity of the legislative institution to carry our effective oversight of the executive arm. That way, we can ensure the budget leads to the realization of the policy objectives of the Buhari Administration.”
Saraki reiterated the commitment of the senate under his leadership to work towards blocking all areas of revenue leakages while also strengthening the anti-corruption agencies of the federal government.
Noting that he held the former president in high esteem Saraki said he would formally reply his letter outlining the actions the Senate is taking to address his(Obasanjo) concerns.
“I appreciate President Obasanjo for his consistent role in always reminding those of us in government about our responsibilities to the general public and offering timely advise where necessary,” he said.