A member of the House of Representatives representing Lagos Mainland Federal Constituency Hon. AbdulRaheem Olajide Jimoh has said those behind budget paddling saga rocking the National Assembly must be punished to regain confidence of Nigerians.
The lawmaker who stated this to newsmen in Lagos called on Nigerians to focus on the message of the ousted chairman House, Committee on Appropriation, Hon Abdulmumin Jubril on budget padding, saying budget padding allegation controversy at the House of Representatives has gone public and beyond the party level.
He stressed that after proper investigation those found guilty of the budget padding rocking the House of Representatives should be punished.
Jimoh said,” President Mohammadu Buhari should not have signed the budget. In a situation whereby you have a budget submitted for an estimate there should be proper processes and procedures. After the passage, the copy of the budget details must be given to every member of the National Assembly. Till now, how many of the members have the copy of the details of budget not to talk of the president.
“As Hon Abdulmumin Jubril has said that some other principal officers were involved, with their names mentioned. I believe they should come out and to shed light on the allegation. There is need for Nigerians to concentrate on the message and not the messenger.
He said in politics people should expect corruption allegations as some National Assembly members were alleged.
“The institution has been dragged to the public domain due to some members that are doing the wrong things instead of right things. You don’t expect all the members of House of Representatives to speak with one voice. I know myself and not to defend anybody on this budget padding controversy. So far Hon Abdulmumin Jubril has said he’s loaded with evidences and I am of the opinion that he should go ahead by making the matter straight and clear the ground for investigation.
The lawmaker added that the allegation against House of Representatives members promising constituents on construction of roads is not achievable, pointing out that the primary duty of legislators is to make laws.
“As a transparent person with regards for accountability and commitment, I have never said that I would construct roads and all such of empty promises for my constituents as some did during their campaign. Part of my promise made during my campaign is to ensure good representation and perform my legislative duties as expected.
“I am glad that part of what I promised has been fulfilled to my people in Lagos Mainland and they can testify to it. I also said I would ensure the Federal Fire Service at Apapa is functional through my motion at the floor of the house, and that was included in this year budget that Federal Fire Stations would be reconstructed and well equipped”, he said.