Appropriation palaver: NASS replies Fashola
Accuses Him Of Deceit, Selfishness Over Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
The face-off between the executive and the National Assembly, regarding the 2017 budget has evidently taken a turn for the worse.
This is as the Senate, yesterday, opened up on why it reduced funds allocated for the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, and spread it across other projects not initially provided for in the budget proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Senate spokesperson, Aliu Saabi Abdullahi, who clarified the position of the upper arm of the NASS accused Works, Power and Housing Minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, of being deceitful and selfish in his handling of matters concerning the road project.
Abdullahi, who defended the position of the National Assembly, said it acted in national interest, and to ensure that equity and fairness was achieved in the distribution of projects.
The Senate spokesperson claimed that Fashola did not give members of the public full details of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which has been on a private finance initiative from the beginning, adding that Fashola would prefer an arrangement that allows his ministry to continue awarding contracts and funding the project through government budgetary allocations, even at a time that the nation’s revenue is dwindling.