Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, in a recent message issued at the opening of a retreat in Lagos organized by the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation in collaboration with the Public Accounts Committees of the National Assembly, said that the current agitation by some Nigerians for restructuring is because of lack of transparency and accountability in our transaction and relationships among citizens.
Mr. Dogara’s statement was issued by Ogundu Chinda, the Chairman House of Representatives Public Accounts Committee.
According to him, the issues of transparency and accountability cut across tribe, religion, ethnic affiliation, politics as well as country of origin.
“The essence of government and governance is transparency and accountability. All challenges in our country today, ranging from militancy to Boko Haram in the North East are all based on injustice, which is also hinged on transparency and accountability.
“If we are more transparent and accountable, we will be able to tackle almost all the problems besieging us today. The only reason Nigerians are talking about restructuring today is because we are not sufficiently transparent in our transactions and in our relationship with one another,” he said.
“The issue of accountability and transparency is a war or battle we are all soldiers in. With the Auditor-General and the Public Account Committee, we are generals in the war. If you are in the battlefield, the command is always ‘no retreat, no surrender,” he added.