Last week the National Assembly gave a “robust” response to President Buhari’s diatribe about them reducing the allocations for critical projects. For a full detailed response, click here.
In replying the president, they provided facts which can of course only be countered by the executive arm of the government.
We must state that anything less of facts will present the executive as being inept and undeserving of their position.
Three major issues they dealt with decisively are the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, the Second Niger Bridge and increase in their budget.
With proof, the National Assembly stated that out of the 2 billion budgeted for the airport, 1.7 billion had been released as at April as reported by the Vanguard newspaper and This Day. The balance to be paid was 300 million, so how come 2 billion found its way back into the budget?
Interestingly is the fact that the National Assembly saved the country 1.5 billion naira and then proceeded to reward whoever wanted to embezzle the money 200 million. Like a slight slap on the hand and a ruffle on the head that we see what you did there but you ain’t smart.
I would expect that a hearing was called to determine how and why and due punishment meted out. Not so with the National Assembly who now expect kudos for aiding the looting of our common wealth.
To Mr President, we can only assume your aides were charged with the task of making the senate look bad, but I must tell you, they did a terrible job. Not only have they made Mr President complicit to a fraud, they have inevitably cast aspersions on his fight on corruption.
Are we to believe Mr President only goes after opposition in his fight against corruption and he condoles it within his kitchen cabinet?
The press release by Femi Adeshina did not serve any purpose as all that was done was just to shift attention back to the Senate. To put things in perspective, the mudslinging continues.
As we ponder all this, let us remember, like DoubleEph on twitter stated; the money being fought over does not exist “yet”. Oh the irony.
Here is a thread on twitter by Budgit on the 2018 budget that details the changes made to strategic projects.
— BudgIT Nigeria (@BudgITng) June 27, 2018