- Some members of the House of Reps have told Nigerians to blame the executive arm of government for the imminent delay in the passage of the 2019 Appropriation Bill
- One lawmaker, Bolaji Ayinla, pointed out that the budget can't be passed before the 2019 elections because President Buhari ought to have presented it much earlier
- Ayinla said the executive is only trying to call the dog another name before Nigerians, so that they will think that lawmakers are the ones delaying the passage of the budget
The imminent delay in the passage of the 2019 Appropriation Bill should be blamed on the executive and not the National Assembly, says some members of the House of Representatives.
Lawmakers had said the budget, which was presented by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 19, would not be passed until after the 2019 general elections, Punch reports.
Legit.ng notes that the National Assembly is currently on recess for the Christmas and New Year holidays, and will resume on January 16.
Rep Bolaji Ayinla, an All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker representing the Mushin 2 federal constituency, expressed doubts over the early passage of the budget. He also blamed the imminent delay on late presentation and electioneering.
He said: “There is nothing we can do; I don’t think the budget can be passed before the elections because the president ought to have brought or presented it ever before now. ‘As of September’ is the date, according to the law, but they have their reason for delaying it till a day to recess.
"Maybe they don’t want us to go on recess for the Christmas and New Year holiday and at the same time, the campaign is at hand.
“The thing is that the executive are only trying to call the dog another name before Nigerians, so that they will think that the National Assembly members are the ones delaying the passage of the budget. And since it has not been approved, money will not be released and funds will not circulate.
“It is now left for the electorate to use their initiative because we too are human beings like them. Everyone has to go back to their family to celebrate the season. This is a national assignment but no matter what, we cannot say because it is a national assignment, we will leave our campaigns. We need to go back to our constituencies to campaign.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the president of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, described the 2019 appropriation bill presented to a joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari as hopeless.
Saraki, who spoke as the director general of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council (PCCO) in Abuja, at a town hall meeting the party’s flagbearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, had with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), further argued that Nigerians were safer in 2015 than they are today.
According to Saraki, the budget presented by Buhari “has no future because the statistics do not indicate how it will be funded.”
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