Professor Itse Sagay, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, has faulted the National Assembly over some alterations it made to the 2017 Budget.
The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had queried the changes in the budget while signing it into law last week Monday.
He said such alterations would affect the plans of the executive to execute the projects as designed from the beginning.
But Bukola Saraki, Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, rejected Osinbajo’s position. They stated that the legislative arm of government had the powers to make the alterations.
Sagay, who spoke in Abuja on Sunday argued that the National Assembly had no power to introduce any project into the budget.
“I am amused that the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House are saying that the acting President had no right to comment on this matter. They said they have all the powers.
“The National Assembly has no power to create projects; it approves budgets. It is the government, the executive, that takes proposals for projects but this National Assembly does not get the message; it wants to be both legislature and executive at the same time,” he said.
Also, the PACAC Chairman blamed the lawmakers for the ineffectiveness of past budgets. He said the members placed their selfish desires above the national interests.
“It is no surprise that Nigeria’s development remains stunted and misery and poverty remain overwhelming,” he said.
- Bola Kougbe