‘No compromising on budget implementation, $80pb benchmark’

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BY Dayo Johnson

Akure—Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has said the House will neither treat the issue of the implementation the budget with the President as a “family issue” nor rescind the decision to use $80 per barrel as the benchmark for the 2013 appropriation.

He spoke with newsmen in Irun-Akoko, Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, during a condolence visit to a member of the House, Gani Dauda over the death of his wife, Sadiat.

He said: “The leadership and members of the House were not ready to compromise the interest of the nation because of party politics.”

Tambuwal insisted that the interest of the country should be paramount in all the decision made by the National Assembly.

Tambuwal said: “There is nothing like family affairs in governance. We are not here on our own. We are there to represent our people and discharge our constitutional responsibility.”

Tambuwal said the House was only helping the President by insisting on implementation of the budget.

According to him, the lawmakers were not interested in the failure of the President, hence the stand of the House on the budget.

He said: “We don’t want the President to fail. When we say implement budget, we are doing so to enable him succeed. We are not against the President.

“We are only demanding from Mr. President what is right. If he gets it right it is for his own benefit because the credit will go to him.

“We are all in government to achieve the same goal.” When a co-traveller is demanding that a proper thing be done, nobody should see that as being antagonistic.

“We are not at loggerhead with the Presidency. They have submitted their estimate and we are looking at it.

“We disagreed with them on the issue of benchmark and we gave our reasons. They want the budget to be implemented at $75 per barrel with deficit in the budget.

“But since we know that we will get up to $80 per barrel, we want it to be pegged at $80 so that we will not go and be borrowing from banks.

“It is better to reduce the deficit and allow our entrepreneur the opportunity to make use of the bank loans to develop the economy. It will not be in our own interest for our leaders to be borrowing.”

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