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Fashola honours reps’ invitation, tenders apology

Fashola honours reps’ invitation, tenders apology
July 28
18:29 2017

Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, has apologised to lawmakers in the national assembly for comments he made on the 2017 budget.

The minister had said some provisions in the budget were “unconstitutional.”

This led to an exchange between him and lawmakers, and he was eventually summoned by the lower legislative chamber.

Speaking when he appeared before an ad hoc committee of the house of representatives on Friday, Fashola said it was never his intention to fight with the legislators.

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He said his comments were just to air his displeasure with the budget.

“If my comment has caused discontent to the parliament I apologise,” Fashola said.

He told the committee that his ministry did not receive funds for the second Niger bridge.

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The minister added that while N31 billion was proposed for the Lagos-Ibadan highway, only N10 billion was appropriated.

Aliyu Madaki, chairman of the committee, advised the minister to be careful while speaking on topical issues.

Madaki said Fashola earned his current position because of his trackrecord.

He said the lawmaker had the right to be concerned about the state of the country’s roads.

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3 Comments

  1. Mumar
    Mumar July 28, 19:25

    I think Fashola has all d right to criticize d legislooters. they are greedy.

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  2. Realist
    Realist July 28, 20:38

    Fashola apology as narrated above is a maturity in display rather ‘I am sorry I made a mistake’ attitude that is typical of a humble mind. Fortunately, he still makes his points more clearer. Unlike the committee members that sounds arrogant and independent.

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  3. OKOYE NWONA
    OKOYE NWONA July 29, 08:22

    Your comment..Fashola is naturally a good and intelligent gentleman. He has politely made his point and Nigerians now know why projects perpetually remain uncompleted. Hon Madaki who is threatening his is simply uncomfortable with the disclosure that it is the national Assembly that has drastically reduced budget on critical projects like the second Niger bridge

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