Fashola Explains Why It Is Illegal For Lawmakers To Pad Budgets





The Minister of Power, Workers and Housing, Babatunde
Fashola, has said Federal lawmakers have no right to
increase national budget since they don’t collect tax.
Speaking at a forum organised by the Nigerian Bar
Association on Monday, the former Lagos State governor,
said the legislature lacked the power to unilaterally
increase national budget.
Stating that the major responsibility of the legislature was
representation, Fashola expressed the need for
collaboration between the two arms of government in the
budget process, stressing that it will help to avoid friction.
Fashola said, “I like to say that it is not appropriate for
parliament to unilaterally seek to increase the budget
because they do not collect taxes.
“I think there should be collaboration between the
executive and the legislature in the budgeting process. In
this process, clear lines should be drawn because
compromise is better achieved where all parties know their
rights.”
On constituency projects, Fashola said that lawmakers are
in the habit of abandoning projects.
“If we say constituency projects, we must make sure they
are not senators’ projects. Even if they were nominated by
senator or state lawmakers, they must be the projects that
the constituency own.
“In cases where the lawmaker who started the project is
not returned, the person who takes over should continue
the project. This is not the case we have.
“What we see are new legislators coming and starting their
own projects. In my ministry, we have over 200
constituency projects with no parentage. I have said we
must finish these projects, but people are nominating new
ones. I said we must finish the old ones.”

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