The last has not been heard about the controversy over the removal of the Calabar-Lagos rail track by the National Assembly from the 2016 appropriation as All Progressives Congress, APC, has vowed to sue the lawmakers for tinkering with the budget proposal.
“The South South zone of the All Progressives Congress demands that the budget be reverted to its original form and all the development projects conceived and included in the budget by the federal government be retained without alteration. “We also advise the legislature to refrain from giving the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari a bad image by attempting to deprive Nigerians of the dividends of democracy under any guise. “We are very upset that our representatives at the National Assembly would discard decorum and hinder progressive change by acting at variance with the infrastructure development agenda of the APC-led federal government. “The arbitrary removal of the Lagos – Calabar rail track by the National Assembly from the 2016 budget is a display of depraved indifference to the welfare of Nigerians. “The deletion is not just arbitrary; it is a big disservice to the people of Nigeria, particularly the South South zone, which the proposed railway track would have traversed. “Also, the total rehabilitation of the collapsed and terrible Calabar – Odukpani –Itu – Ikot Ekpene federal highway which was allotted N6bn by the federal government in the budget was doctored and almost N5bn removed and reallocated to a non-existent project in the constituency of the Chairman of the House of Representatives Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin, in Kano State.
“By these two acts, the Senate and House of Representatives displayed the astonishing contempt in which they hold Nigerians. “The National Assembly exists to ensure that Nigerians get the best from their government, using the instrument of purposeful legislation but the 8th Assembly by this budget padding debacle, has not only brought itself to ridicule, it has also proved itself unworthy of the trust and confidence of Nigerians,” he added. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives’ Committee on Anti-Corruption has refuted reports that the National Assembly padded the 2016 budget estimates for the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB. There was a report that the CCB budget was padded to the tune of N4bn. Chairman of the Committee, Babajide Akinloye in a statement yesterday, described the report as gross falsehood and total