NASS frowns at Executive control its finance
Written by Taiwo Adediran on January 4, 2016
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Yakubu Dogara, has said though the National Assembly agrees on the need for all Federal Government revenue to go into Treasury Single Account (TSA), it would not, however, allow the executive to control the finances of the legislature and the judiciary.
In a series of tweets exchange with Sahara Reporters on Sunday, Dogara maintained that the three arms of government must be independent in line with the principle of separation of powers guaranteed by democracy in the Nigerian Constitution.
He observed that notwithstanding the good intention of the TSA, it could not be allowed to override the provisions of the Constitution. The Speaker noted that though the President may not nurse a sinister motive with the TSA at the moment, nobody could foretell the future.
Apparently reacting to criticism concerning the legislature’s perceived reluctance to implement the TSA, he suggested that the lawmakers had not broken any law. Dogara stressed that the legislature and the judiciary should be distinguished from the MDAs.