Reps summon Fashola over comments on National Assembly

The House of Representatives on Tuesday directed the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, to appear before it over his comments on the National Assembly.

Mr. Fashola had slammed the National Assembly for inserting projects outside the purview of his ministry in its budget in the 2017 Appropriation Act.

He also accused the National Assembly of slashing N21 billion off the N31 billion proposed for the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway.

The minister said it was unfair to the executive arm of government for the inclusion of such projects after public hearings on the budget and defence of the fiscal estimates by ministries.

He said funds saved were “diverted” to projects inserted into the 2017 budget by the lawmakers, which were not government’s priorities.

The house in a unanimous vote, resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee and invite the minister to explain the “breach” of their privilege.

They accused the minister of inciting the people against their representatives.

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