The row between the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), and the National Assembly over the 2017 budget deepened on Tuesday as members of the House of Representatives summoned the former Lagos State governor to explain his post-budget utterances.
Fashola’s case was the first motion on privilege the visibly angry lawmakers passed as they reconvened in Abuja after a two-week sallah vacation.
They said his comments on the cuts on the budget of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the 2nd Niger Bridge did not only breach the privilege of legislators but were also attempts to incite Nigerians against the National Assembly.
Lawmakers specifically objected to Fahsola’s description of members as people having “stark, worrisome knowledge” of the budget of his ministry.
They said it was a demonstration of his lack of regard for the National Assembly as a democratic institution.
The resolution to summon Fashola came from a motion of privilege moved by a member of the All Progressives Congress from Adamawa State, Mr. Sadiq Ibrahim, at the session presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara. Read more