The Special Adviser on Legislative Matters to Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, Rabi’u Idris, has called for total scrapping of security votes.
Mr. Idris, who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Funtua, Katsina State, Monday, said that such funds should be used to execute meaningful projects.
According to him, the security votes are tagged in approved budgets as miscellaneous, without any specific projects attached to the provision, thereby giving the president, governors and local council chairmen the chance to do as they like with it.
“I vehemently condemn the security votes allocation and call for its scrapping”, Mr. Idris said.
The adviser, a former member of the State House of Assembly, said scrapping the security votes would enhance accountability and proper utilisation of public funds.
Idris further urged federal lawmakers to support President Muhammadu Buhari in his effort to promote transparency in governance.
He criticized ongoing attempt to provide immunity to some lawmakers, describing the move as self-centered and detrimental to democratic growth.
He said Nigerians must oppose the moves through constructive debates, to make the legislators concentrate on their duties.
Mr. Idris also said current happenings in the National Assembly should make the electorate to ensure that, henceforth, only those with genuine intentions are voted to represent them.
He advised Nigerians to always scrutinize the records of candidates and their capacity to deliver quality leadership, rather than material gains, during elections.
According to him, electing the right people will bring about desired changes at all levels and ensure positive transformation. (NAN)