I Had No Intention To Insult Lawmakers – Fashola
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has said that he has no intention to insult lawmakers over the 2017 budget issues.
He said that he was only reacting to the statement made by the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas that N6bn was released for the Second Niger Bridge in 2016, but that the money was returned.
Fashola had said that the lawmaker had stark and worrisome knowledge of the planning of budget.
He was however, asked to appear before the house on Friday over the comment, which to the lawmakers is an insult to the National Assembly.
Speaking before the panel, Fashola said, “If my statements caused any discontentment; that was not my intention. I certainly apologise for it,” he told a panel of the House of Representatives in Abuja.
He thus posited that his apology would in no way change his stance over the slashing of N31bn proposed for the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to N10bn in the 2017 budget.
He also kicked that the reduction of Second Niger Bridge from N15 billion to N10 billion was unfair to the country because it would affect infrastructural development.
The panel was chaired by a member of the All Progressives Congress from Kano State, Mr. Aliyu Madaki.