Senate President, Bukola Saraki has formally replied a letter written by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo criticizing the National Assembly’s plans to purchase 469 vehicles despite the economic problems facing Nigeria.
In his reply, dated January 29, Saraki assured Obasanjo that the National Assembly under his leadership would ensure prudent management of resources, Vanguard reports.
“This is to ensure that we plug all leakages and minimize waste across our expenditure systems. Likewise, the 8th National Assembly has made the issue of plugging leakages and cutting wastages in our public expenditure system a major priority that should not be toyed with. This may have happened in the past but it will not happen with us,” Saraki wrote.
“As leaders with a duty, we will not disappoint Nigerians in their yearnings for a more transparent public expenditure system. We are hand in glove with the President on this matter and this is why we are overhauling our oversight functions to make it more effective in exposing corruption in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
“We recognize the hard work our anti-corruption agencies are putting into this fight. The Senate is resolved to support them to perform their duty effectively by providing them with adequate funding where necessary, as their work in integral to our oversight responsibility,” he added.
Saraki recently faced severe criticism after it was alleged that he acquired exotic vehicles worth N330 million despite Nigeria’s current financial crisis.
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