There may not be an end to the impasse surrounding the Lagos State 2019 appropriation bill presentation yet as the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable Mudashiru Obasa, representing Agege Constituency I has voiced out that due process must be followed in the presentation of the 2019 Appropriation Bill.
The Speaker noted that the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode is the man with the constitutional right to lay the budget before the House can work on it.
In a series of tweets from the official handle of the Lagos House of Assembly, @lshaofficial, Obasa said; “due process must be followed. H.E @AkinwunmiAmbode is the man with the constitutional right to Lay the Budget before the House can work on it. He urged the Governor to come and present the Budget appropriately. @followlasg @AkinwunmiAmbode.”
Speaking further the Speaker said that while there is no “need to apportion blames on the matter, the House is not guilty for the delay in the passage of the 2019 Budget @followlasg @AkinwunmiAmbode”
He added that; “No need to push blames. We are all representatives of the people and ours is to receive, work, and subsequently pass the budget for the benefit of our people. We have a huge stake on this issue too”
Earlier on Monday, January 7, 2019, the presentation of the budget suffered a setback as the State House of Assembly failed to form the statutory quorum for proceeding on matters upon its resumption from recess due to exigencies.
Reacting to this, Obasa in a post on Twitter said; “Our stake as Lawmakers is to scrutinize the budget, invite the necessary Ministries and Agencies, look thru their papers before passing the budget. This is why we are here”.
It remains to be seen if the appropriation bill will be presented anytime soon knowing that 2019 has started in earnest.