OrderPaperToday – The Senate has accused the Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, of trying to set the National Assembly against the executive arm of government.
The senate also denied claims reportedly made by the minister that the National Assembly prioritises constituency projects over other projects from the executive.
Fashola was quoted to have made the allegation on the 26th of October at his office in Abuja when visited by retired Generals and ‘other leaders of thought’ from Benue South senatorial district led by Air Vice Marshal Morgan after complaints were lodged about the deplorable state of roads in the senatorial district.
In a statement on Sunday, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru, reacted saying the reported claim was a mistake and as though senate won’t be seen fighting with the executive, it would offer an explanation.
For Basiru, the allegation was “an attempt to incite Nigerians against the Legislative arm of government” and “to set the National Assembly on collision course with the people they are democratically representing.
“It should be emphasized, therefore, that never has allocations specifically meant for other projects been diverted to constituency projects as the later have specific allocations in the budget.”
The senate also debunked claims that the federal parliament is responsible for the deplorable state of roads in Benue State.
Clarifying, Basiru said: “For the 2020 fiscal year, the National Assembly approved the request for 265, 868, 037,093 billion Naira for capital expenditure by the Executive.
“The Executive later brought a revised allocation of 256, 734,983,667 billion Naira which we also appropriated. As we speak, even in the budget proposal for 2021, the Executive proposed a capital expenditure of 363, 266, 425, 976 billion Naira.
“The upper chamber cannot help but wonder where Mr. Fashola got his figure of 600 billion naira which he said was proposed by his ministry and allegedly not approved by the National Assembly.
“The Senate, therefore, invites Nigerians and specifically the Minister’s guests from Benue South Senatorial District to note that figures do not lie.”
He also listed the three ongoing road constructions in Benue South to include: Oju -Adum Okuku road at N 91,180 000; Oturkpo Township road at N357 200, 000; and Oju/Loko – Oweto bridge at a cost of N357, 200, 000.