Nigeria President Muhammudu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara

Nigeria President Muhammudu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara

No NASS Presiding Officer Receives Money From FCDA


By Turaki Adamu Hassan
Our attention has been drawn to a story published by an online media platform, Sahara Reporters, where it was alleged, without any shred of evidence,  that presiding officers of  the National Assembly including  the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, collected money from the Federal Capital Territory Administration  (FCDA) for rent of their  official residences.
The report, which was credited to a group known as Citizen Action to Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN), deliberately set out to misrepresent and distort facts with the aim of blackmailing the persons of the presiding officers and the Legislature as an institution.
Presiding officers  of the National Assembly are entitled to official accommodation which is provided for  by the FCDA as host of the National Assembly.The same is applicable to the President, Vice President and the Chief Justice of Nigeria because their offices are not covered by the monetisation policy. Consequently,  no National Assembly presiding officer receives any money from any other  source for accommodation or rent.
The FCDA is solely responsible for providing official accommodation for presiding officers of the National Assembly and how it  goes about it is entirely its  business and not that of any presiding officer. It is callous, wicked and evil for any news medium to seek to perpetuate the mendacity that National Assembly  presiding  officers collected money from FCDA without any form of evidence whatsoever. The public should discountenance the story in its entirety unless, of course, evidence of any of such funds is produced.
Certain officers of state were excluded from the monetisation policy because of the nature of offices they hold, which involves hosting certain level of official  guests and other sundry activities. This is standard practice in other countries and Nigeria’s case should not be any different.
Turaki Adamu Hassan
Special Adviser Media & Public Affairs
January 31, 2017

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