Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and his lower Chamber counterpart, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, have jointly denied collecting money from the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) as rent for official accommodation for the National Assembly leadership.
The Senate President dismissed as outright falsehood a claim in a report credited to a group known as Citizen Action to Take Back Nigeria (CATBAN) and published by www.gongnews.net
It was alleged that the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, and their deputies, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and Rt. Hon. Lasun Yusuff collected money from the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) as rent for their accommodation.
But in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, he stated that though the four presiding officers were 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 10 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.