The president of the Senate, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Thursday inaugurated two ad-hoc committees on Legislative Agenda and Finance to chart a course for the 8th Senate and determine the appropriate salary/allowances for members respectively.
The members of the Finance Committee include: Senators Ali Ndume (APC Borno North), Ahmed Sani (APC Zamfara West), Shaaba Lafiagi (APC Kwara North), Sunny Ogbuoji (PDP Ebonyi South), and James Manager (PDP Delta South) . Others are Senators Gbenga Ashafa (APC Lagos East), Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central), Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West) and Ben Murray-Bruce (Bayelsa East).
Members of the Legislative Agenda Committee are Senators Babajide Omoworare (APC Osun East), Duro Faseyi (PDP Ekiti North), Tayo Alasoadura (APC Ondo Central), Sonni Ogbuoji (PDP Ebonyi South) and Uche Ekwunife (PDP Anambra Central). Others are Senators Hope Uzodinma (PDP Imo West), Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP Bayelsa East), George Sekibo (PDP Rivers East), John Enoh (PDP Cross River Central), Mohammed Hassan (Yobe South) and Ali Ndume (APC Borno North).
Other members include Senators Binta Garba (APC Adamawa North), Kabiru Gaya (APC Kano South), Shehu Sani (APC Kaduna Central), Bala Na’Allah (APC Kebbi South), David Umoru (APC Niger East) and Joshua Dariye (PDP Plateau Central
Terms of reference given to the committee on finance include to determine if the deduction on the Senate budget is adequate or not and determine whether mode of disbursement of office running cost is appropriate. Others include to determine whether National Assembly detailed budget is to be made public, to liaise with Secretary, Finance and Accounts to determine the appropriate salary/allowances for members considering the standard running cost and other related matters.
Addressing membership of the Finance committee, Saraki noted that the subject of reduction in cost of governance has been a sensitive matter on the front burner of national issues in the polity especially as it affects the legislature and as such should be addressed.
“The 8th Senate under our watch recognises the concerns raised by Nigerians about the cost of running office most especially with the economic challenges facing our nation”.
The senate will be more transparent regarding all public funds spent for the purpose of paying salaries and allowances of legislators and ensure that distinction is sufficiently made between what a legislator actually earns and what is spent to run and implement legislative business and committee activities. The watchword in our financial issues will be fiscal conservatism.”