FCDA Did Not Pay Us Any Money As Rent, Says NASS Leadership
The leadership of the National Assembly yesterday dismissed as outright falsehood a claim in a report credited to a group known as Citizen Action to Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN) and alleging that principal officers of the National Assembly collected money from the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) as rent for their accommodation.
In the report, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, and their deputies, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and Rt. Hon. Lasun Yusuff were alleged to have received the sum of N630 Million From FCDA, under the pretext of accommodation despite receiving 150% of their annual basic salary as accommodation allowances.
But the Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu in a statement yesterday signed by the denied the allegation as totally false.
He said though the four presiding officers of the National Assembly are legally entitled to official accommodation, they have been living in their personal residences and do not get paid by any federal government agency.
“There is no truth to the claim by this group. In fact, during the preparation of the budget, the Senate President and Speaker directed the FCDA to remove the ten billion naira voted for the construction of their official residence to save cost.”
The current leadership of the National Assembly will not be part of any illegal payment to anybody”, stated Olaniyonu.