Breaking: Resign now - Senate tells Fashola
Senator Danjuma Goje calls on Babatunde Fashola to behave like a minister and not a governor
Goje says Fashola should do the honourable thing if he is overwhelmed by the volume of work in the ministry of works
The Nigerian Senate has asked the Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola (SAN) to resign to resign his appointment if he was burdened by the volume of work at his ministry.
Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Danjuma Goje, made the call on Wednesday, July 5, in reaction to statement credited to Fashola where he faulted the lawmakers unilaterally altering allocations of the ministry of works in the 2017 budget.
Angered by Fashola’s comments the Senate accused the minister of misleading the public and blackmailing lawmakers over the alterations made by in the 2017 budget. Senator Danjuma Goje, speaking during plenary raised a point of order to where he said Fashola was a minister and no longer a governor and should reflect that in his speech, the Punch reports. “Initially, I wanted to come under a motion but, yesterday, the House of Representatives took up the matter.
Since we are on the same page with the House, I feel I should not come under a motion. But I will like to seize this opportunity to advise the minister that he should remember that he is now a minister and should behave like a minister,” Senator Goje said.
"Fashola should know that he is dealing with the National Assembly of Nigeria, not of Lagos. If the job is too much for him – the ministry is too big; it comprises three ministries, which are works, housing and power; if he cannot adjust, then, he should do the honourable thing. He should so the needful.
“No amount of blackmail by him; no amount of propaganda by him or his surrogates will stop this National Assembly from discharging its duties in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. We have sworn to uphold and protect this Constitution, and this we will do to the end of this Assembly.
“For now, I will cease fire and watch to see how the House will handle him. If he is well handled there, we will leave him with them. But if we are not satisfied and they pass him to us, then, we will take him over.”