By Talatu Bala
The national assembly has released details of its 2018 budget.
The office of the senate president released details of the budget in a tweet on Friday.
Senate President Bukola Saraki had promised that details of the budget would be made public following pressure from human rights activists and civil society groups.
Of the N139 billion earmarked for the legislature, N35 billion was the total for the senate, while the house of representatives had N57 billion.
While legislative aides got N10 billion, the national assembly office and commission got N15 billion and N2 billion respectively.
The national assembly legislative institute got N4 billion while N1.1 billion was appropriated for service wide vote of the legislature.
The public accounts committee (PAC) of the senate and the house got N118 million and N142 million respectively. N12.3 billion was earmarked for “general services.”
The Cable observed that the 2018 budget of the legislature was not as detailed as that of 2017 as there were no figures affixed to the line items in the details of the budget released.
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