Fashola apologises to House Committee over ‘inciting comments’

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola Friday, apologized to members of the House of Representatives when he appeared before an ad-hoc committee of the House.

Fashola had allegedly made some comments regarding alterations in 2017 Appropriation Bill by National Assembly which seemed to breach the privileges of the House and sought to incite the Nigeria public against the legislature.

The minister, however, said the comments he made were already in the public domain and could, therefore, not be taken as inciting the public against the Parliament.

“I take the view that saying that which is already a matter of public record, is with respect, not an incitement of the public against Parliament. My purpose was not to incite the public against parliament and that is not my way.

“Allegations that I said that legislators have stark and worrisome knowledge of the budget process; I did not say so of legislators as a whole. What I said was with respect to the spokesperson who responded to my interview. I have said that it was not my intention to disparage this House, I have said that very much and that if any offence was taken, it wasn’t intended and I apologise for that.”

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