Budget 2017: No Rift Between NASS And I – Fashola


Following report of disagreement between members of the National Assembly and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, over the budget, the Minister has declared that there is no war between him and the national legislators.

Speaking to state House Correspondents on Monday, Fashola declared: “There is no problem between me as an individual and the National Assembly, and let me make it very clear that many of the Senators and honourable members are my personal friends; so, you don’t fight your friends.’’

“I say that the words that we use will potentially redirect our attention from what the real issue is. I don’t think that a feud is the right word to use. “A disagreement; yes, a very healthy disagreement. Don’t forget that we are not disagreeing about who should head what. We are not disagreeing about who should take what share of the national cake.

“We are disagreeing about how to develop Nigeria and that for me is very healthy for our democracy.’’

The minster explained that the nature of disagreement with members of the National Assembly was geared towards finding effective means of implementing measures meat for the empowerment of the Nigerian people.

He noted that both the executive arm and the legislators are on the same page, noting that such disagreement are normal “in the heat of the moment, while trying to canvass our different positions, we are misconstrued as fighting, but I am not fighting anybody.’’

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