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Fashola on hot seat over Budget comments

THE Senate yesterday descended on Minister of Power, Works and
Housing Babatunde Fashola for his comments that the National Assembly
distorted the 2017 budget by inserting fresh projects.

It warned the minister to desist from accusing the National Assembly of overstepping its bound in the budget preparation.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation Mohammed Danjuma Goje,
said Fashola should be told that the National Assembly is not Lagos
State House of Assembly.

He said the National Assembly must not be treated as Lagos State House of Assembly by the minister.

Goje said Fashola should appreciate the fact that the Senate is constituted by former governors and former ministers.

The Gombe Central lawmaker said the Senate would await the result of
the House of Representatives’ committee handling the issues raised by
Fashola before deciding on the next line of action.

Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, who said the issue was not
open for debate, said it was good that the House of Representative was
handling the matter.

Saraki said the actions of the House would determine the action the Senate would take.

He said it was important that Goje raised the issue and asked senators to exercise patience until the conclusion by the House.

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