By JUMI RHODES
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has clarified issues on the National Assembly’s(NASS) inclusion in the Treasury Single Account(TSA) policy. Recall Senate spokesman and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Aliu Saabi Abdullahi had explained the rejection of the TSA by the National Assembly that “fears that the adoption could frustrate the smooth functioning of the National Assembly led to the decision to outrightly reject its extension to the country’s apex law making body.”
Hon. Yakubu Dogara however in a series of tweet-chat earlier today said: “As for Revenue all NASS receipts go to TSA. We are part of it. Get the arguments right. We are part of TSA but opposed to Executive control of NASS, Judiciary and INEC except as the Constitution allows. Arms of government such as NASS and Judiciary just to distinguish them from MDAs. Think outside the constitution and our laws?
“Nigeria is a Democracy not an Empire. This should be the ideal position or we create an Agency that is independent of all arms of Govt to manage the TSA.I will defend the constitution. My first duty is to ask what does the law say about any issue. NASS has always stood for TSA. I am a lawmaker. You won’t win if you tell me to be against the law. In line with that NASS will remain strong and unshaken in defending the Constitution and democratic norms cum ethos.”
When Sahara Reporters tweeted a question on the prompting of Senate president and Speaker Dogara’s refusal to join the Treasury Single Account, Dogara replied: “PMB may have good intentions and may not want to manipulate NASS, Judiciary or INEC, but who knows the future?”