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Senate to Fashola: Resign if the ministry is too big for you



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Following the controversy bordering budget allocations funds to Babatunde Fashola’s ministry, the Senate has asked him to quit the job if the job is too much for him.

Fashola, the Minister of Power, Work and Housing, had incessantly been bashing the lawmakers of slashing 2017 budgetary allocation of his ministry and unilaterally increasing their own spending more than what was obtainable in 2016.

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Senator Danjuma Goje, Chairman Senate committee on Appropriations, made the statement Wednesday while reacting to Mr. Fashola’s accusation, said the minister was misleading the public and falsely accusing the public by saying they had altered the 2017 budget.

Senator Goje added during plenary that Fashola was a minister and no more a governor and that should reflect in his speech.

“At the begining I don’t want to raise the motion before it was taken up by House of Representatives, meaning we are on the same page.

“Nevertheless, I will like to advise the Minister that he is no more a governor, but a minister. He is dealing with National Assembly and not Lagos State House of Assembly.

“And if the burden of the job is too much for him, the ministry that comprises of 3 ministries: Power, works and housing; if Fashola cannot cope with the work, then I will advise him to honorably resign. He should do the necessity.

The senator said no amount of blackmail will make the National Assembly sway and drop what is constitutionally required. “Our oath is to uphold what is contained in the constitution and we will stop doing just that”, Goje said.

He said he would cease fire and watch how the House of Representatives would treat the matter. “We will only interfere if they did not handle him well and pass him over to us”, he said.

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