House of Representatives members have vowed to stay away from plenary on Wednesday,the day President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to present the 2019 appropriation bill to the lawmakers.
The federal lawmakers stated this in response to allege uncomplimentary remarks purportedly made against them by the Minister of Budget and National Planning,Senator Udo Udoma.
Theminister was said to have on Wednesday accused the lawmakers of stiflingefforts to lay the budget and that they have refused to give a date for thebudget presentation.
However,when the lawmakers resumed sitting and a letter from President Buharirequesting the House to mark out Wednesday for the laying of the document, wasread out to them, the lawmakers fumed in anger over the minister’s allegedearlier accusation against them.
Theywondered why Udoma could have deliberately told lies against them. According tothem, the minister’s alleged comment was only meant to bring the institution ofthe legislature to a state of disregard and mockery, as well as to subtly coverup the incompetence of the executive arm.
Accordingto them, it was disheartening that the executive arm of government whichmanaged to only last Friday completed work and approved the budget estimate,would turn around to accuse the lawmakers of negligence of duty.
Thedisruption of the House plenary as a result of the development was brought to astop following the intervention of the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.
Butthe members resolved that should the minister not tender a public apology,retracting his alleged statement before Tuesday next week, they would be forcedto take a decision on the matter.
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