The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal has said that the leadership of the house was not against the executive in the implementation of the 2013 budget.
However, he said the disagreement between the house and the executive arm of government was based on the benchmark saying the house has tabled its reasons.
Tambuwal stated this yesterday in Irun Akoko in the Akoko North West local government area of Ondo state while paying a condolence visit to one of the house members, Ganiyu Dauda over the death of his wife.
He said the house was only interested in due procedure and wants the presidency to take the right steps.
“We are not against the President. We are only demanding from Mr. President what is right. If he gets it right it is for his own benefit because the credit will go to him.
“We are all in government to achieve the same goal. When a co-traveller is demanding that a proper thing should be done, nobody should see that as being antagonistic,” he added.
“We are not at loggerhead with the presidency. They have submitted their estimate and we are looking at it.”
He pointed out that the. The basis of disagreement was on the benchmark saying the house has given reasons for going against the implementation.
He explained that the executive wanted the budget to be implemented at $75 per barrrel with deficit in the budget but said “since we know that we will get up to $80 per barrel, we want it to be pegged at $80 so that we will not go and be borrowing from banks.”
He noted that reducing the deficit will give entrepreneur the opportunity to make use of bank loan in order to develop the economy.
It is better to reduce the deficit and allow our entrepreneur the opportunity to make use of the bank loans to develop the economy. It will not be in our own interest for our leaders to be borrowing.
Answering question why the leadership of the house has nor treated the budget as a PDP affair since they all belong to the same political family, the lower house speaker said “There is nothing like family affairs in governance. We are not here on our own. We are there to represent our people and discharge our constitutional responsibility.”
He however made it known that process of constitutional amendment will soon commenced with meetings with various leaders and community heads across the nation
“We will begin our town hall meeting across the country where the leadership of the House and members from each state would listen to leaders of various sectors in each state. “Each member of the House will also have the opportunity to tell their people what they have done for their constituency.”