‘Resign if the work is too much for you,’ Senator tells minister

“Fashola should know that he is dealing with the National Assembly of Nigeria and not Lagos State House of Assembly,” the Senator said.

Nigeria's Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN)

Fashola had accused the National Assembly of removing key projects of his ministry in the 2017 budget.

Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Goje said the National Assembly would not be intimidated by Fashola’s “blackmail and propaganda.”

“Fashola should know that he is dealing with the national assembly of Nigeria and not Lagos State House of Assembly,” said Goje, the chairman Senate Committee on Appropriation.

“This assembly is composed of very patriotic and experienced Nigerians. Many have done this job before him. Many were governors before him. The ministry is too big; the ministry comprises works, housing and power.

“If the job is too much for him, if he cannot adjust, then he should do the honourable and needful thing. No amount of blackmail or propaganda by him will stop this national assembly from doing its duties in accordance with the provision of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.

“We have sworn to uphold and protect this constitution and this we would do to end of the life of this assembly. we would watch how the house would handle him. If he is well handled there, then we would treat him well. If they are not satisfied, then we would take it over,” he added.

In his remarks, Senate President Bukola Saraki advised the lawmakers to await the recommendations of the House of Representatives.

“I think senator Aliyu Sabi, the chairman of appropriation has spoken on this matter and happy that the house of representatives has taken up this issue,” Saraki said.

“It is a matter what we must be responsible especially those at the position of cabinet to look at issues from the national point of view and the interest of all Nigerians. We would definitely wait for his appearance at the house of representatives before further contribution,” he added.

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