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Budget: Obahiagbon blasts lawmakers

By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN —  A member of the House of Representatives, Mr Patrick Obahiagbon, has described as “sad and disappointing”, the current face-off between the leadership of the Senate and House of Representa-tives over the 2010 budget presentation.

Obahiagbon reminded the lawmakers that the interest of Nigerians must be sacrosanct rather than indulging in superiority contest, urging the leadership of both chambers to stop the war and display parliamentary unity to allow President Umaru Yar’Adua present the 2010 budget which, according to him, was the reason Nigerians voted for them.

His reaction comes as the Movement Against Corruption in Nigeria (MAC), through its National President, Imam Abdurahman Ahmed, urged the federal government and National Assembly to revitalize the Programme Monitoring Department to effectively monitor the budget.

Obahiagbon, who represents Oredo Federal constituency in the House of Representatives, told Vanguard in Benin City that “ this depreciable belligerency between the two chambers has become nauseating and vexatious against the back drop of the fact that the crisis has nothing to do with Nigerians who stand to benefit from the budget.

“It is regrettable that the action has truncated the timeous delivery of the 2010 presidential budget and that has made it morally impelling for some of us who are privileged members of the parliament to distance ourselves from the crisis that seems to portray us as not being aware of the sacred trust we hold on behalf of the people.

“I join other well meaning Nigerians to call on the leadership of both chambers to bury the hatchet for the interest of Nigerians.”

On its part, MAC  recalled that the National Assembly had earlier expressed its dissatisfaction over the implementation of the 2009 budget by the federal government and urged it to do more o revive the economy of the nation.

“The resuscitation of the Programme Monitoring Department will check the excesses of some ministers and other government agencies so that anybody found wanting would be arrested and prosecuted by the EFCC or the ICPC,” the group said.


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