Budget 2017: Senate Warns Fashola Over Utterances

The Senate has called on the Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola to be mindful of his comments while addressing the National Assembly.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation Mohammed Danjuma Goje said this on Wednesday, telling the former Lagos State Governor that the National Assembly is not Lagos State House of Assembly where he could be addressing with derogatory words.

Fashola had said that the members of National Assembly had worrisome and Stark knowledge of the 2017 budget, alleging the lawmakers to have injected some fresh projects into the budget.

Fashola said that the National Assembly injected borehole and primary health centre projects that were not in the original budget in it and went ahead to cut the appropriated funds for Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the Second Niger Bridge.

Goje said that Fashola was overstepping his boundary by the accusation he levied against the National Assembly and must desist from such utterances henceforth.

“Fashola should appreciate the fact that the Senate is constituted by former governors and former ministers,” he said.

He stated that the senate would take action against Fashola but would have to wait for the outcome of his appearance before the House of Representatives first.

However, President of the Senate said that the issue would not be debated at the red chambers since the House of Representatives was already handling it.

“The action of the house will inform what the senate will do about Fashola,” he said.

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