The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has lamented that contrary to public perception that the National Assembly is being overfunded, that in reality, it is grappling with funding constraints in carrying out its statutory functions.
This was made in a statement issued by his special assistant on print media, Chuks Okocha.
Okocha quoted him as saying this when he paid a visit to the chairman and members of the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) at its temporary office located in Utako, Abuja, on Thursday.
Responding to the request of Adamu Fika, chairman of the commission, to have a permanent office of the commission inside the national assembly complex, Saraki pledged the support of the leadership towards the project.
He, however, noted that adequate funding remained the major challenge facing the national assembly.
“One of the things that I see here is the issue of budgetary constraints,” he said.
“However, the impression around the country is often that the national assembly has too much money. But we have seen the challenges of the last few years.
“As we work through the number of bills passed, the public hearings held, and the number of ad hoc committees that have been established — we know the challenges of not being able to fund some of our activities.
“So far, I am happy to report that despite these constraints, the 8th senate has been able to surpass all previous senates in the number of bills that we have passed in two years — despite the funding gaps.
“We know that as we continue over time, people will begin to have more confidence in the national assembly.
“However, right now, the challenges that we have are the issue of perception, and the issue of funding. We need to work hard to change this.”