has summoned the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde
Fashola, over comments he made about members of the House. The former Lagos state Governor had described the members of the National Assembly as having “stark and worrisome knowledge” of the budget process.
am not saying that the legislature cannot contribute to the budget, but
I hold the view that it cannot increase the budget because they do not
collect the revenue with which to run or implement the budget.
we reduced from Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the 2017 budget estimates
was spread on Oyo-Ogbomoso Road in the South-West, Enugu-Onitsha Road in
the South-East, and two other critical roads in the North-East and
North-West. This was done to achieve equity.”
the comments that has invited the summon, Fashola said on Monday, June
26, 2017, that it was sad lawmakers could resort to name-calling even
without understanding the facts of the discourse.
to him, comments on the second Niger Bridge, whose 2016 allocation the
lawmakers claimed was not spent and had to be returned, “displays very stark and worrisome gaps in knowledge of the spokesperson about the budget process he was addressing.”