Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: We Can't Save Money On Empty Stomach - Tambuwal

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal yesterday blamed the Budget Office and the ministry of Finance for the slow pace of infrastructure development in the country, saying that there is no logic in continue to save money on empty stomach when people are hungry.

Tambuwal added that the two agencies of government are responsible for poor allocation and release of funds for developmental projects and show more concern for saving than addressing issues on ground.

Tambuwal stated this yesterday when he received management of Power Holding Company (PHCN) transmission company who paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.

He said, "We are still dragging with the executive arm of government on the issue of oil benchmark, why because we said we need more money to fund infrastructure development. Some body somewhere is saying that we should be saving money, saving money on an empty stomach, how do you save money when you are hungry".

"We are not your problems, the National Assembly of Nigeria cannot and is not a problem to any ministry, department or agency if government in terms of making attempt to support that MDA'S for funding, your main problem is budget office and the ministry of finance.

"We are hungry for healthcare, road infrastructure, rail lines, power and education and somebody somewhere is saying we should save money for what and for who. We actually need to look at those advises, and whose interest are they saving, is it our own interest or somebody's else interest?".

Explaining that there is no other motive other than to meet the desires of Nigerians who are their constituents,he said "We are the true representatives of the people, we have the mandate of the people to act and speak on behalf of our people. They are appointees and that is the very big difference from them".

Earlier, the chairman of the board of directors of PHCN transmission company, Engr. Hamman A. Tukur, said they were to solicit the support of the National Assembly for adequate budgetary allocation to the board. "Our power sector we cannot pretent in this country has been in controversy, there is no way Nigeria with over 150 million people, very vast land and then talk about generating 3,000 megawatt, when part of New York alone are using more than that", he said.

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