Reps On A Mission To End Budget Matters

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PIC 12. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN A SPECIAL SITTING ON FUEL SUBSIDY IN ABUJA ON SUNDAY (8/1/12).
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Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rep. Leo Ogor, and some members of House have call for a quick end to the controversy over the 2016 budget of the Federal Government.

The lawmakers, who spoke in separate interviews with Vanguard, said the face-off was unhelpful for the economy just as they called on the leadership of the two branches of government to quickly resolve the crisis.

However Ogor, others who spoke were Philip Shuaibu, APC, Etsako, Edo; Daniel Reyenieju, PDP, Warri, Delta and Henry Nwawuba, PDP Mbaitolu/Ikeduru, Imo State. Ogor, PDP Isoko, Delta State, in his submission, asked the executive to stop the blame game on issues he said could be resolved through dialogue.

He stated: “Nobody can take away the power of appropriation from the National Assembly. If anyone thinks he can bring a budget to the legislature and it would be returned to him the same way, he must be dreaming.

“One thing that baffles me about the executive is the blame game. Before the president travelled to China, there was the issue of signing or not signing the budget. “What we should avoid is the idea of blame games.

We should sit as a people, irrespective of political party lines, to consider issues which are of national importance

. On his part, Shaibu said it was in the interest of Nigerians that the House took the decision to interface with the executive to know what the problem was and find a solution to it.

He further explained that: “What the leadership has done today is to make us to agree that whatever they feel that is wrong with the budget, if they bring it, we will look at it and make sure that it is done in the interest of peace and in the interest of the country and our constituents that we represent.

We are not ready to be in confrontation with them.” Reyenieju, on his part, described the situation as unfortunate, though he said it was not unusual because one arm proposes, while another arm appropriates, adding that there must be disagreement in exercising ones constitutional role.

Henry Nwawuba, speaking on the issue, blamed misinformation for the controversy, saying there was nowhere the Lagos/Calabar rail project was mentioned in the budget document submitted by President Buhari.

“What I think that happened is a misinformation. The project in reference is a project that will benefit the entire nation, where we will be moving freely goods and services from one part of the country to the other. It will add value to this country, it will create jobs, the opportunities will be there,” he added.

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