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Fashola’s Budget Proposal Failed Integrity Test

The House of Representatives said on Wednesday it would not allow the nation’s resources to be unfairly distributed to the detriment of any section of the country. The lawmakers said the National Assembly was forced to tinker with the 2017 budget because the proposal presented by President Muhammadu Buhari for Ministry of Works, Power and Housing failed integrity test as it was skewed to favour a section of the country.

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The House Spokesman, Abdulrazaq Namdas, said in a statement the time was ripe for Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, to know that it was the duty of the National Assembly to ensure fairness in the distribution of nation’s resources.

He said: “We need to remind Mr. Fashola that the National Assembly is a national institution made up of members from all geo-political zones, they represent all tendencies, interests and ethnic nationalities.

“It has a responsibility also to ensure balance in the distribution of road projects and other developmental facilities.

“It cannot watch our national patrimony unfairly skewed to one region or a few regions to the detriment of other states and geo-political zones.

“The proposal from Mr. President on the 2017 Budget of the Ministry of Works, Power and Housing did not pass this test.

“This partly informed the intervention of National Assembly so that every region can be carried along in project allocation.”

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