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House to sanction MDAs failing to implement budget – Gbajabiamila

Speaker of the House of RepresentativesFemi Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila says the House would not hesitate to take action against government agencies that fail to implement the budget as is expected of them.

Gbajabiamila said a situation where Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government would fail to implement aspects of budget for which funds have been allocated and released.

Addressing his colleagues in a welcome speech at the resumption of plenary after the lawmakers’ annual recess, the Speaker also said members of the House would ensure that they keep their contract with Nigerians.

“But more than that, it is a betrayal of the public trust that undermines faith in the government and frustrates good faith efforts at national development. The House will take action against those who fail in their responsibilities in this regard. I sincerely hope it doesn’t come to that.”

The Speaker commended President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to the Police Bill, noting, however, that more reforms are needed in the Nigeria Police through additional legislation.

“In many parts of our country, people are more afraid of encounters with the police than they are of criminals. That’s not right, and we can no longer stand for it.

“There will be, in this 9th House of Representatives, further legislation to improve police performance across the board and to introduce mechanisms for individual and collective accountability in the Nigeria Police Force. Our objective is nothing short of a total overhaul of the culture and practice of policing in Nigeria.”

He also disclosed that the House has commenced work on the Armed Forces Trust Fund Bill so that in the shortest possible time, they can finalise and pass legislation that ensures once and for all that the resources needed to protect the homeland are never at the mercy of politics or changes in policy or personnel.

On the Petroleum Industry Bill transmitted to the National Assembly by the president, the Speaker assured that this time around, the House would succeed in passing the Bill for it to get the president’s assent.

The speaker reminded his colleagues that the success or failure of the House would not be the result of any single individual but a collective one, calling on them to rededicate themselves to their duties and responsibilities.

IBRAHIM SHEHU

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