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Hon Jimbo Defends National Assembly Budget Amidst Calls for Reduction

In the midst of growing calls for a substantial cut in the budget allocated to the National Assembly, Hon Jimbo Clement, a member of the House of Representatives representing Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal constituency of Akwa Ibom State, has voiced his disagreement with those advocating for a reduction.
Critics have argued that the current budget for the National Assembly is disproportionate to the perceived tangible work being carried out by lawmakers. Additionally, concerns have been raised about the perceived closeness of the National Assembly to the executive branch.
Amidst these sentiments, Mr. Joshua Akpevweogene, an Abuja-based politician, expressed skepticism, stating,
“It is clear, in my opinion, that Godswill Akpabio as the Senate President and the lawmakers, especially those in the APC, cannot take any decision that goes against the executive even if such a decision could favor the masses.”
In response to these claims, Hon Clement refuted the notion that the 10th Assembly is a mere rubber stamp, stating that those who believe so are “only being economical with the truth.” He defended the need for the National Assembly’s annual budget, emphasizing its significance in the legislative process.
Jimbo further highlighted the pivotal role played by the legislature in enacting laws and acts that birthed crucial institutions such as the Nigeria Police Force, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Customs, FIRS, NSCDC, Immigration Services, Nigerian Port Authority, Central Bank, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, and Nigerian Air Force.
“The amount budgeted for the National Assembly is adequately justified,” he asserted, pointing to the impact of parliamentary decisions on the creation and functioning of vital government agencies. The lawmaker defended the necessity of the allocated funds, emphasizing the role of the National Assembly in shaping the nation’s legal and institutional framework.
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