Senator Kabir Gaya (Kano South), Chairman, Senate Committee on States and Local Government, Monday said if President Goodluck Jonathan sustained his decision to withhold his assent from 2013 budget beyond now, the National Assembly would be left with no option than to veto the bill.
The senator, who made this remark while fielding questions from journalists in the premises of National Assembly, said the executive “was making unnecessary noise” on the budget. According to him, the lawmakers are consciously studying the situation and in no time, they will exercise their powers.
“We are examining the situation and the National Assembly is changing. Remember what the Senate President said that we can bark and bite,” he said.
Speaking further, he said: “Up till now, the budget has not been signed. And I think it has passed the required 30 days which the budget should be signed. I’m sure the National Assembly will take a step; I don’t have to say this is the step we are taking but I think it is very important because the delay matters because in almost all our budgets, we hardly have 25 per cent implementation and so if this budget is starting March, then it means we won’t get that 25 per cent.”
Gaya posed that the legislative institution was constitutionally empowered to tamper with budgets adding that legislative input into the 2013 budget was in the nation’s interest. He said: “We have the right to make input into the budget to make lives better for Nigerians. The movement of the funds for constitutional projects were meant to solve small problems in our constituencies.