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‘House of Reps is broke’ – Lawmaker

The House of Representatives says it is broke and cannot function properly.

The damning revelation was made by Rep. Benjamin Kalu (APC-Abia), the spokesman for the House, in a chat with newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

“Yes, the House is broke, I have said it before, and I am saying it again, and I am not afraid of saying it.

“This is the fact until Nigerians believe that the appropriation that was made for the running of the National Assembly, which was done when the exchange rate of naira to the dollar was 180 is less now than what it used to be.

“The dollar equivalent today has gone up to over N400, the purchasing power of the budget as it is now is weaker than it was ten years ago,” he said.

He questioned the leadership of the House on the failure to raise the budget of the National Assembly.

“We appropriate for agencies to run effectively, and yet, we are in penury trying to run our own constitutional mandate, it is a disservice to Nigerians and the poor budget of the parliament is a disservice to Nigerians,” he said.

The spokesman explained that the N128 billion appropriated for the National Assembly was divided among all the agencies in the parliament, about 6,000 members of staff and lawmakers aides.

This, according to him, is not enough for the proper functioning of the lower chamber.

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