Babatunde Fashola, Nigeria’s Minister of Works, Power and Housing has expressed is unhappiness with the Nigerian national assembly for inflating the 2017 budget.
Apart from the 200 uncompleted roads he inherited from the previous administration, the lawmakers added 100 roads, he complained.
“These roads are not federal roads and some of them do not have designs, how do we award roads that were not designed irrespective of the power you have?
“It is unconstitutional for the National Assembly (NASS) to legislate on state roads. A budget is an estimation plan that set in motion what is to be spent, how much will be borrowed and how much will be collected.
“The executive controls all the machinery for collecting taxes and other revenue with relevant data from the Ministries of Finance, Physical Planning and the Budget Office and others.
“I am not saying that the legislature cannot contribute to the budget, but I hold the view that it cannot increase the budget because they do not collect the revenue with which to run or implement the budget,’’ he said according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“There is need for mass orientation and enlightenment for Nigerians not to expect their elected representatives to provide roads, water, light and execute capital projects which is the function of the executive arm,” he added.
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