2018 Budget Defence: Fashola Shuns Abaribe-Led Committee
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), on Monday, failed to show up for the 2018 budget defence of his ministry at the Senate Wing of the National Assembly.
Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Mustapha Baba Shehuri and the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Loius Edozien, who were present at the sitting said Fashola was attending to other state matters.
Recall that last Thursday, Senators walked out Fashola, over alleged “unpreparedness to face the committee for his 2018 budget defence.”
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe maintained that Fashola was not ready to face members since he did appear before them, with necessary documentation.
Abaribe also added that the committee should have been furnished with necessary documentation, to enable members peruse them while the defence would be ongoing.
But, speaking on Fashola’s non-appearance, yesterday, Abaribe said: “Maybe Fashola decided to snub us because of some media reports last week. But, he ought not to have been angry by that. I am sure that was why he sent you because he did not want to come here.
“I said it was deliberate that Fashola did not show up. What we need to scrutinise the budget was not provided. We needed some things to make the process easy. Nobody is satisfied with these vague items. We are going to have to adjourn this meeting, pending when we will get these submissions from you.”
He told the Shehuri and Edozien to inform Fashola that he must present himself at the next scheduled budget defence session.
“We are asking you to inform the minister to be here, to properly respond to all the questions we need to ask. We will do a comprehensive letter asking for explanations on items where we have raised questions. That will guide you in giving your submissions. We need you to be prepared when next you come,” the committee chairman said.
The minister of state and other officials of the ministry, were then told to go back and return prepared for another session.