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Speaker Dogara Publishes His Salary, Shies Away From Office Budget

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Mr Yakubu Dogara,  Speaker, House of Representatives, on Tuesday in Abuja released detail of his salary.

Releasing the payslips of October, 2016 to March, 2017 to newsmen, Chairman, Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Rep. Abdulrazak Namdas said that the move was in furtherance of his commitment to transparency and accountability in governance.

From the payslip, the Speaker’s total pay per month is N402, 5303.37 but his net salary after deduction is N346,577.87.

The statement showed that Dogara’s basic salary is N206, 425.83, constituency, N175, 461.96 and recess N20, 642.58.

This came after Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai released details of his salary and challenged the national assembly to do same.

Namdas, however, said that El-Rufai did not publish his security votes as requited but the security budget of the state.

The Speaker had specifically urged El-Rufai and governors to disclose their security votes and also publish what they did with local government funds under their jurisdiction.

“The call by the Speaker was for El-Rufai to extend his advocacy on transparency and accountability to other arms and tiers of government in order to remove the lid of secrecy that has beclouded expenditures at state level.

“We note that what Mallam El-Rufai published was the security budget of Kaduna state and not his security vote expenditure as such,’’ Namdas said.

Throwing several punches and assuming the garb of a teacher, Speaker Dogara replied El-Rufai over the budget transparency challenge thrown by him.

Dogara, however, in his lengthy response,  neither disclosed his salary nor the budget of his office.

He, rather,  instructed the Clerk of the National Assembly to publish its 2017 budget  to arrest further speculations such as El-Rufai’s.

Dogara also said contrary to the assumption by Governor El-Rufai, the National Assembly budget is neither opaque nor secret.

Then he went on to lecture El-Rufai about the workings  and responsibilities of the National Assembly and why its budget is not elaborated upon  in the national budget, like most government departments or parastatals.

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