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Corruption in NASS: I was suspended for saying the truth – Yerima

A former House of Representatives member, Dr Haruna Yerima has recalled how he was suspended in 2005 for saying what Professor Attahiru Jega said about the National Assembly.

The former lawmaker said corruption was being perpetrated by chairmen of committees during oversight of federal agencies.

“I support Jega for saying the truth. No member of the National Assembly can deny that there is endemic corruption in the legislature,” he told Daily Trust.

“What Jega said was exactly what I said in 2005 that earned me a suspension. As a former lawmaker, I can say without any contradiction that corruption is well entrenched in the National Assembly system,” he added.

He said the lawmakers perpetrate their corrupt acts in the oversight of MDAs.

“Other apertures of corruption in the legislature include bogus retiring of expenditure by lawmakers, systemic corruption in execution of constituency projects, where some of the contractors are lawmakers themselves, as well as the controversial process of payment of allowances,” he said.

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