Outrage As National Assembly Reduces Lagos-Ibadan Road Budget
Is the National Assembly against projects being done in the South-West or its the Ministry's budget that may have provoked their wrath?
Nigeria's parliament is not holding back in its decision to lash some 'key' items on Fashola's working list.
The lawmakers reduced the budget for the Lagos-Ibadan highway from 31 to 10 billion naira, while the vote for the Second Niger Bridge was cut from 15 to 10 billion naira.
But as against N115bn budgeted for the federal lawmakers in 2016, the National Assembly hiked its budget to N125bn in 2017.
Condemning the lawmakers, civil rights organisations said the National Assembly, by slashing allocations for these projects and increasing its own votes, had shown its selfish intentions.
On Thursday, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), had raised the alarm over the insertion of projects outside the purview of his ministry into the 2017 Appropriation Act.
Fashola said it is unfair to the executive arm for the inclusion of such projects after public hearings on the budget and defence of the fiscal estimates by the ministries.
The Campaign for Democracy and the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership also condemned the lawmakers
The CD President, Usman Abdul, said the National Assembly members should investigate the slow pace of the completion of projects rather than starving them of funds.
The Executive Director, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said it was unfortunate that the legislative arm of government haa put its personal interest above that of the nation.