Posted by News Express | 3 January 2014 | 4,038 times
Lawmakers in Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, earn more than their counterparts in other states and even those in the National Assembly, the Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) has alleged.
CSNAC in a statement, a copy of which was made available to News Express, accused members of the Nasarawa State of House Assembly of employing “outright trickery” in dodging the group’s query on how much the lawmakers earn.
According to the statement signed by CSNAC Chairman Olanrewaju Suraju, “In a bid to reaffirm the veracity of information contained in documents previously obtained through other sources, CSNAC, under the Freedom of Information Act, 2011 requested, through the Clerk of Nasarawa State House Assembly, for relevant information and documents on salaries and allowances paid Members of the Assembly between June 2011 and October 2013.”
The group regretted that “in a ludicrous letter dated 9th December 2013 and personally signed by Clerk of the House, crafted to protect the rapacious operations of Assembly and in violation of the FoI Act, the status of a Court was arrogated to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The Clerk, ignominiously refused CSNAC request, citing pending investigation of EFCC, as incited by CSNAC, as the basis for this refusal.”
CSNAC berated the House, saying: “It beats one’s imagination how such craft ignorance could be ominously displayed by a law-making institution. This artful dodger of House failed to show how the release of requested documents impedes or stampedes the ongoing investigation of the Commission, based on petition of CSNAC on same matter to the EFCC.”
According to the group, “This odious response has no doubt reinforced the tenacity of CSNAC in following this elected-inhumanity-to-electorate to a logical conclusion. All available legal and constitutional means will be explored to ensure transparency, accountability and, protect rights guaranteed under the FoI Act.”
•Photo shows Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Musa Ahmed Mohammed.
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