My disagreement with National Assembly not confrontational – Fashola

Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN  during a Briefing of the Senate on the Planned Closure of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja Runway for Repairs at the Senate Chamber on Tuesday, 17th January  2017.
Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN during a Briefing of the Senate on the Planned Closure of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja Runway for Repairs at the Senate Chamber on Tuesday, 17th January 2017.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has dismissed insinuation that his face-off with the National Assembly was confrontational.

Mr. Fashola spoke with State House correspondents on the side-line of the Presidential Quarterly Business Forum held at the old Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday.

He said that he was not fighting the lawmakers but only had disagreement with them, pointing out that he had many friends among them.

The minister, however, said having many friends among them would not stop the right thing from being done.

“There is no problem between me as an individual and the National Assembly.

“And let me make that very clear, many of the senators and honourable members are my personal friends, and so you don’t fight your friends. But we have a disagreement.

“You will remember when President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, he had enormous support from the leadership of the National Assembly. So, it means that we all agree there is a problem.

“There is also disagreement which I don’t think should make us disagreeable about the best way to implement that plan and I think that is all there is to it.

“It is perhaps possible that in the heat of the moment while trying to canvass different positions we are misconstrued as fighting but I am not fighting anybody. We have a disagreement it shouldn’t make us disagreeable.

“So, my responsibility is to continue to engage. Also, even if I wasn’t a minister, I am a citizen also; so, the parliamentarians are also representing me.

“So, these are the issues and if I have been misunderstood, my intention was not to quarrel with anybody but to see a better Nigeria which I believe they also want to see,” he added.

Mr. Fashola dismissed the assertion that his disagreement with the lawmakers may delay the presentation of budget virement and the 2018 budget to the National Assembly.

“Don’t forget we are not disagreeing on who should head what, who should take what share of the National cake but we are disagreeing on how to develop Nigeria. And for me that is a very healthy development of our democracy.

“I’m sure with the leadership of the National Assembly, House of Representatives, the principal officers and the Acting President, we will resolve this in the ultimate interest of the Nigerian people.”

(NAN)


DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD:DIABETES Is CURABLE! Don't Let It Threaten You! To NORMALIZE Your Blood Sugar In 21Days For Life, Click Here!!!.


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.


  • Gbabe

    Premium Times Editor,

    Tellingly, there’s no functional primary school
    or secondary public school in Lagos for all the waste of money in ignorant
    governance and theft due lack of intellectual enlightenment. But that’s what to
    expect where mid-streamer mediocre with bare understanding are dragged into
    public office by a plea-bargained drugs-running criminal in Lagos state.
    The knock-on is the suspension and rot of the Lagos light rail
    construction system mid-way.

    Some other
    housing projects including a foreshore estate building on Lagos Island adjacent
    the third mainland bridge is similarly abandoned. Meantime Lagos state debts
    hover around one trillion Naira and make up 25% of Nigeria’s foreign debt.

    The other
    white elephant project called Eko Atlantic City is also an abandoned project,
    after gulping billions of Naira under Raji Fashola, on the heels of near total
    collapse of the BRT city bus transport system under his incompetent watch.

    • Musikal2017

      EDITOR SIR,

      Excuse me please, I am not trying to advertise or anything like that but just want to share the lyrics
      of my new album that will soon be released into the market next month, or latest by October 2017.

      Please sing with me as follows:

      Raji Ajibole…ole….Fasholajibole….ole,….ajibole….ole…(twice).

      Thank you.

  • No Komment

    “Akinwunmi Ambode, the new governor of Lagos state, in August 2015 revoked
    the corrupt self-allocation of over 25 plots of land in Lekki by his predecessor –
    Raji Babatunde Fashola – in his own final days in office.

    Most of these plots were allocated to Raji Fashola’s own relatives, aides and associates
    — including Yewande Animashaun – his cousin who also served as his special adviser
    on public health, and Wale Ahmed, who served as his commissioner for special duties.

    A female newscaster with a Lagos-based TV station was one of the beneficiaries,
    The Cable learnt. The land was officially parceled into 25 plots and shared by
    Raji Fashola who went on to sign the certificates of occupancy on May 26, 2015,
    three days to his exit from office.”

    …………..THE CABLE NEWS

    • J.J Johnson

      @No Komment,

      The ICPC anti-corruption agency was on a distinguished road by declaring Raji Fashola wanted on 3rd September
      2015 with very hard facts suggesting that Raji Fashola raided the Lagos state treasury whilst holding public office.
      Raji Fashola received 3.2 trillion Naira in cash as tottal gross revenues in his eight years regime of sheer thefts,
      but crookedly wrote down 2.43 trillion Naira on the Lagos state account books, thereby disappearing a huge
      and whopping sum of 800 billion Naira; whilst ignorant and innumerate Lagosians kept on waving brooms
      in the afternoon like freshly cursed lunatics.

      In tandem with his confederates, notably Supo Shasore, the Raji Fashola crooked team went on a plundering
      mission to put an end to the future of Lagos state – which immediately became a bloodbath; since stealing
      begets stealing and theft begets violence as a non-regulated criminal activity. Twenty-eight (28) million
      youths now roam the streets all across Lagos and in the 35 states in Nigeria as un-employed youths
      in consequence of Raji Fashola’s type of plunder.

      • Points-Blank

        RAJI FASHOLA IS A SYMPTOM OF NIGERIA
        AS A FAILED STATE WHERE A TOTALLY IMMORAL CREATURE WHO’s MENTALLY WIRED AS A
        KLEPTOCRAT, AND WHO STRUGGLES TO SPEAK ENGLISH, IS WANGLED INTO PUBLIC OFFICE FOR HAVING ROGUERY CREDENTIALS NEEDED BY HIS GODFATHER; BOLA TINUBU, AS A HANDPICKED CANDIDATE who is NOT SO MUCH A STUTTERING MEDIOCRE AS A LOCAL STREET URCHIN.

    • Owejah

      Ìpàkọ́ ò gbọ́ shùtì, ẹjó yin niyẹn, ẹ maa wí bẹ́ẹ̀ kiri! Continue to parrot this until the coming of Christ!