Members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly Committee on Education on Friday walked out the state Commissioner for Education, Dr. Aliyu Usman Tilde, from the 2020 budget defence proceedings for alleged disrespect.
The committee Chairman, Alhaji Babayo Mohammmed Akuyam, disclosed this to journalists after the session in Bauchi.
He said the lawmakers walked out the commissioner for refusing to recognize them during the exercise.
Akuyam said the commissioner was expected to arrive the Assembly complex at 10:00 a.m. on Friday to defend the budgetary allocation to his ministry but came one hour after the proceedings had started.
He added that the lawmakers welcomed the commissioner warmly despite his late arrival for the budget defence.
The chairman said: “We were trying to explain ourselves to him, but he interfered and inquired who we are ? We are legislature and another arm of government.
“Therefore, we asked him to go when he realized we are something, he should come back for the defense. But we just have eight days from today to end the budget defence proceedings.
“If he did not come back to defend his ministry’s budget, the education sector would get zero allocation in the 2022 budget.”
Meanwhile, all efforts to get Tilde’s side of the story proved abortive as he refused to speak with journalists on his way out of the Assembly complex.
By: Yemi Kanji
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
FEATURES: Rise in Monkeypox infection troubling Nigeria’s rural population
In this features, KELECHUKWU IRUOMA goes into the rural communities of Bayelsa State, south-south Nigeria to uncover the plight of...
SPECIAL REPORT: Kwara communities groan as erosion washes away roads, property
For a number of years communities in Ilorin South LGA of Kwara State have had to live with the menace...
SPECIAL REPORT: Lack of legal provisions, cultural sentiments fueling marital r*pe in Nigeria
By Arinze Chijioke In the early days of Sandra Izuckukwu’s marriage in 2019, her husband, Sunday Izuchukwu, did everything she...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (IV): Surviving in a dangerous media environment
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019 and 2020. For six...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (III): Precious Owolabi was killed covering a protest
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019-2020. For six months, Nigerian...