2019 Budget: What Ambode Must Do – Lagos Assembly
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday insisted that Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode must appear before it and properly present the 2019 Appropriation Bill in line with legislative procedure and constitution.
This resolution followed observations raised at its sitting, after the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, read a correspondence from Ambode on the presentation of the Year 2019 Budget.
Sanni said that Ambode’s letter on presentation of Year 2019 Appropriation Bill, dated Dec. 17, 2018, was received on Dec. 28, 2018.
Raising an observation on the correspondence, Mr Yinka Ogundimu, the Chairman, House Committee on Finance, said that Ambode had not properly presented the budget.
Ogundimu, who noted that the House delayed its December break to receive the budget, said that the procedure of Ambode’s presentation of budget totally deviated from the norms of the House.
According to him, the House’s intention was to receive the budget before the short break.
He urged the House to address the issue.
“It is in the habit of this house to always go on break in December, which we purposely delayed for a while before we went on that short time break.
“Our intention was to really receive the budget and go on a short break and come back to treat the budget, but the budget was never received from the governor until we went on holidays.
“The letter came on Dec. 28, about three days to the New Year; there was nothing this House could do.
“This is a new dimension to receive correspondence of this nature at this time.
“We have a tradition that the Governor will come around and lay the budget before that House.
“We look at that whole process and it deviates from the norms and procedure of the House,’’ Ogundimu said.
He said that his observation as Chairman, House Committee on Finance became necessary to address the confusion surrounding the 2019 budget presentation.
“We are not the one delaying the budget. The normal thing is for the governor to present the budget,’’ he said.